“Kaninchenfeld” (Rabbit Field), Karla Sachse, 1999

Kaninchenfeld
Image: Senatskanzlei/Planert

Running, crouching, hopping – 120 silhouettes in the form of life-size inlaid rabbits dot the area once occupied by the former Chausseestrasse border crossing in the Wedding borough. They are intended to remind viewers of the peaceful inhabitants of the former “no man’s land” who served back then as an object of projection for people on both sides of the Wall.

“At first glance, this work appears to distance itself from the seriousness of the competition theme. The reference to rabbits, the noble hare’s smaller cousins, as the peaceful and subversive inhabitants of this deadly strip of land hints at an approach that is taken up again in the ornamental treatment of the street space.

This work persuasively asserts its independence from the unreasonable demands of political didacticism.”

(Excerpt from the comments of the jury, September 1996)

Because of the construction of the new building for the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and road work in many different places, only part of Karla Sachse’s artwork is currently on view. You can see the entire work as soon as the construction is finished.

Karla Sachse

  • 1950: Born in Zschopau; university study and doctorate at Humboldt University in Berlin
  • 1969–1977: Member of the artistic staff of Berlin-Lichtenberg’s Studio Bildende Kunst and teacher
  • Lives and works in Berlin
  • Since 1982: Exhibitions, mail art, street actions
  • Since 1988: Increased work with visual poetry, also as a curator
  • Space installation; extensive exhibition work, also in the context of international exchange
  • 1997: Founded kontur bande; received grant from the Stiftung Kulturfonds, Berlin

From:

Kunst im Stadtraum (Art in urban spaces). 21 Kunstprojekte im Berliner Stadtraum, Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung, Kunst im Stadtraum, Berlin 2002

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