Lonely Planet Writer

A giant blue radiator artwork has gone on display in a Gothic monastery in Berlin

A new art project that sees a gigantic, 10-metre high blue radiator standing inside a Gothic monastery in the heart of Berlin has been unveiled, and the unique sight has now been put on on public display.

The 11-tonne installation inside the ruins of the former Gothic Monastery.
The 11-tonne installation inside the ruins of the Ruine der Franziskaner Klosterkirche. Image by Borgman / Lenk

Called, “Radiator,” the project was created by Danish-German artists Anna Borgman and Candy Lenk. Located in the centre of Berlin close to Alexander-Platz, the installation stands inside the remains of the Ruine der Franziskaner Klosterkirche, a Franciscan monastery church built between the end of the 13th and the first half of the 14th centuries and destroyed in World War II. The temporary steel sculpture acts as an arresting, non-functional interior feature that is in direct contrast with its historical surroundings.

The blue radiator installation inside the Ruine der Franziskaner Klosterkirche
The piece measures 10 metres high and was created to contrast with its environment. Image by Borgman / Lenk

The 11-tonne radiator stands along the missing southern facade of the former church, with its interwoven tubes created to specifically emphasise the emptiness around it. To prevent damage to the historic building, the artwork was pre-assembled outside of the ruin before being lifted in big parts by crane, with the installation process taking four days.

The idea behind the work is to demonstrate the unsuccessful attempt at repairing spaces. “Like all fragments, this ruin calls for supplementation. Even when observing the rough break lines, you may conceive of the building as completed, restored and healed. Located in a reconstruction area, the fragment of the site extends beyond the ruins of the monastery church,” the artists said.

Rebuilt in the early 2000s, the last few years have seen the Ruine der Franziskaner Klosterkirche hosting a range of different artistic events and installations.  Past projects by Borgman and Lenk includes the Wurf series, which saw gigantic boulders being installed in distinctive and unique places, as well as Architektonische Intervention, a project consisting of three bright red cubes being mounted inside the crumbled ruins of a former house.

The blue radiator installation created by Borgman and Lenk inside Ruine der Franziskaner Klosterkirche
The Franciscan monastery church was built between the end of the 13th and the first half of the 14th centuries. Image by Borgman / Lenk

The temporary Radiator is free for visitors to see, and is on display until October 2017, open daily from 10am to 6pm.

More information about the project is available at the Klosterkirche website.