TTRÜMMERBLUMEN (DEBISFLOWERS)
The laying TRÜMMERBLUMEN (DEBRISFLOWERS) is incomprehensible without knowledge of the origins of the debris used.

bombed Berlin 1946 and 1960
My DEBRISFLOWERS began
with a once-again-look-to-the-ground view on a leisure walk in a small park with mounds used for tobogganing in the south of Berlin. In the sun, the colorful decor of a debris shard flashed at me. Where did it come from? With this find and question the discovery of these shards started, later to become those DEBRISFLOWERS.

But actually the whole story starts a lot earlier:
My mother - divorced, three little children and twice bombed out - a fate known to many in the ruins of second world war, suggested to me, I was maybe eight years old then, to return to the ruins of our apartment building which used to house our stately 5 room apartment in Steglitz’ Fregestrasse. So we clambered through the rubble and debris of this ruin. All of a sudden my mother bend over, lifted a small white shard flowery and golden decor stripes up in the air and said, without a notion of bitterness but elatedly:
„That’s from our guest porcelain!“
This posture, the no- complaints- about- the-unchangeable, but to use the power for the new is what I want to honor in my work. When I lay out the debris shards today I do it in that mind. I turn broken pieces to cheerful flowers or put differently: the lost into an unperturbed new beginning.

So what actually are Debris Hills?
Debris Hills are names for mounds, that were erected after second world war from the rubble and debris of shelled houses in German cities. Berliner aptly called them Monte Klamott (Mount RUBBLE), MONTE SCHERBELINO (Mount SHARDELINO) or SCHERBELBERG (SHARDYMOUNTAIN). There are more than 20 debris hills in Berlin, the biggest one being nearly 60 meters in height named Teufelsberg (devil’s mountain). The debris hills have been naturalized and became vantage points, parks and entertainment facilities through time. Often you will find toboggan courses to the hillsides.

joke on the Teufelsberg
park Prenzlauer Berg
Can one still see that they consist of rubble? Yes, you can. If you look closely you can still find the silent witnesses of the past: from time to time you will catch a glimpse or a blinking from white shards inbetween foliage and broken twigs. Rain, wild boar and scrabbling birds will return them to the surface. It is sometimes like looking for gold. I can now easily see the rewarding places just by the type of rubble at disposal. Many people do'nt realise, that there are such treasures under their feet.
You must not dig.
I collected on different hills for eight years.
When you pick them up, those rarely found little debris-hill-shards and clear them from their mud covering, you discover amazing things: colorful flowers, picture fragments, decors, writing, trademarks and sometimes glittering gold and handcolored pieces . . . old time reports from once-ago-prosperity or modest households.
sorted ans saved
from passed households
speaking
glasses
casted in burning houses

My first experiment in the studio - it will be flowers . . .
My first laying for an exibition: Woserin, Meck.Pom. 2009.
My second laying: Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, 2012.
My third laying: passed American Monotoring Station on the Teufelsberg, 2013.
My fourth laying: Gallery KunstRaumKo, Berlin, 2015.
Crucial and importand:
The shards are not fixed. Every laying can be different, inspired by my opinuon, the atmosphere and the place being layed out. They are a born-again and will speak from the principle chance and hope

"Shards are the beginning of reburth." Anselm Kiefer

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