Inauguration: 16.11.2018, 13:00
Thorsten Goldberg – Solo public art project
Fuchsberg Elementary School, Apfelwicklerstraße 4-6, 12683 Berlin
First presentation of the golden nest “24 kt” – Art in Public Space – Fuchsberg Elementary School with Juliane Witt, District Councilor for further education, culture, social affairs and facility management / Birgit Feig, Head of the Fuchsberg Elementary School / Thorsten Goldberg, visual artist
Thorsten Goldberg’s new work “24 kt”, completed in autumn 2018, is a bird’s nest, cast of solid fine-gold twigs, that serves as a conceptual foundation for the new Fuchsberg primary school in the district of Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf. The golden nest is kept in a bullet proof glass safe in the school building visible for the children. A contractual agreement specifies the terms and conditions under which the school may open the glass-safe and destroy the nest after a minimum of 14 years to convert the proceeds into something that a community of students, teachers and parents commonly agreed upon. As such and due to its economic value the golden nest also serves as an investment for future needs of the school.
Thorsten Goldberg won the competition in 2014 organized by the district office Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf, education, culture, social and facility management for the Land of Berlin, Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing, Dept. V. The execution was realized by Department of Culture, Gallery M. The new school was built by HerbstKunkler.Architekten
Already four years ago, in October 2014 the jury decided to implement the work “24 kt” of Thorsten Goldberg for the new Fuchsberg elementary school. For a fixed amount of the competition budget Thorsten Goldberg bought fine gold. From this he cast solid small branches and twigs and built a bird’s nest, like those birds of prey or crows build it. With the opening of the new elementary school, the golden nest is now permanently presented in a glass showcase inside the school building. The showcase is a wall built-in highly secured glass safe that can be viewed from inside and outside.
Thorsten Goldberg realized numerous projects in public space throughout Germany and other countries. He taught at various art academies such as the Art Academy Münster, AdBK Munich, UfG Linz/AT and last as professor of media arts at the Muthesius Art Academy in Kiel.
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