The contrast of artistic creativity and industrial standardization is a common theme throughout Friedrich Gräsel’s work. It is particularly clear in this installation at the Colosseum in Westpark, a former steel foundry of the Bochumer Verein.
In seven of the building’s arcades, the artist installed colorful abstract metal figures. These figures experiment with DIN 1511, a specifically defined standardization for the production and quality of foundry modeling equipment. The seven stelae vary in shape and color and are mounted on steel girders in the Colosseum’s round arches at a height of roughly 7 meters.
The stelae were first erected in the Colosseum in 1994 for the Internationale Bauausstellung. A foundation called the Stiftung der Sparkasse Bochum zur Förderung von Kultur und Wissenschaft acquired six of the sculptures in early 2001 and the artist donated the seventh as a gift. During the renovation of the Westpark and the Colosseum at the former Krupp property on Alleestraße, the sculptures were placed in storage and then returned to their locations in 2009.
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