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Meditation garden at the new cemetery in Neubiberg

The Meditation garden is a modern offer for reflecting on and confronting death, as well as a place where visitors can collect their own thoughts. It is designed to be a protected architectural structure to help guide cemetery visitors back into the world. The scent and appearance of healing herbs let visitors move between stepstones corresponding to the architecture. These are accentuated at special points by convex and concave terracotta plates. Modeled of fired clay, their surface encourages visitors to touch them, and they are reminiscent of prehistoric structures I saw in encounters with the microscopic world.

Traveling into the microscopic world:

Viewed through the microscope, images appear which do not seem to have any familiar structures, but remind us of dreamlike forms we know from the REM sleep phase (rapid eye movement). The more one delves into spaces hidden to the unaided eye with the REM (raster electron microscope), the more intense the memory.

As the motive for this work, I chose silicate forms which have formed the basis of clay-rich areas since the Precambrian, and which first became visible after the raster electron microscope was invented.

After magnifying a one-celled organism 5000 times, the image "tips," revealing formations reminiscent of large, complex structures such as coral reefs. The aesthetic diversity and complex structure of these silicate forms are impressive - even in the digital age. My desire to transform these round images into three-dimensional forms grew as I looked into the REM. The unfamiliar images which appear during extreme magnification, show complex systems of order far removed from linear order, and enable a view into the future of things. Past and present encounter each other in the Meditation garden.

New in 2004:
Floating Steles (Flottierende Stel(l)len