Internal Security – Five Hazard Patterns

competitions

Internal Security – Five Hazard Patterns

competitions

Design of 5 frescoes on glass for the Federal Ministry of the Interior, 2017

Final round of the Art-in-Building Competition Federal Ministry of the Interior - Exterior Areas

Exhibition Federal Office for Building and Spatial Planning, Berlin, 2017

 

Conception

The five panorama windows of conference rooms 1 and 2 on the ground floor of the Federal Ministry of the Interior are lined with "hazard patterns": the frescoes on glass show, both inwards and outwards, immensely enlarged glass cracks and breaks. "Internal Security" shows the interrelation of freedom, security and danger, both concrete and abstract, beautiful and threatening. The fracture patterns between inside and outside point out that freedom is not a given that can be secured, but something that is contested and for which space for development must always be kept open.

 

Notation

missing icons were represented in the competition exhibition from March 1 to March 15, 2017 at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning in Berlin with two designs: " Enclave " (preliminary round) and " Inner Security " Five Hazard Patterns " (final round). After the first concept had to be abandoned due to the strict safety concept of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the alternative design for the final round was judged "unreasonable" and judged by the jury.

At about the same time, Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, said in an interview in the Rheinische Post on February 11, 2017: "Art and artists must be allowed to be unreasonable, because they are the critical corrective of a community. If they are no longer allowed to play this role, art loses its value."