Hans Hollein: Car Building
Stacked VW beetles in different colors
As part of »The City is the Star«
Fri, June 19, 2015 – Sun, September 27, 2015
»Everything is Architecture«, proclaimed Austrian architect, sculptor, and theorist Hans Hollein in one of his numerous publications. In the design of his two-part sculpture Car Building, for example, he thus replaces usual building materials by cars. Five differently colored VW Beetles stacked on top of one another on a polyaxial rotation, struggle to maintain balance.

The work, first shown at the exhibition »Car Culture. Media of Mobility« at the ZKM | Karlsruhe in 2011, is scheduled for presentation in front of the »K.« as part of the »The City is the Star«. In view of the construction work on the central traffic axis, it appears as if, for functional reasons, the VW Beetles have been shoved off the street and onto the sidewalk next to the Information Pavilion – an appropriate image for traffic rerouting. This work is also provocative and unsettling – a sort of surreal commentary on everyday life.