Dear customers, partners and colleagues,
The art of engineering is an art – as the name indicates. Whether that makes us artists, is another matter altogether. The fact remains that LEICHT provides support for art projects with great enthusiasm and assists artists in their work. Because it is always fascinating. Always inspiring. And because art may do whatever it likes – but it may not be allowed to fall to pieces.
In our Autumn Newsletter we will present to you three current art projects on which LEICHT and LEICHT France were recently able to collaborate. Among these: a genuine indoor cloud from Paris, regionally grown bananas from the old city center of Graz and a 1x1x1 m large salt crystal from Passau.
We hope you enjoy reading our Newsletter and we wish you a pleasant autumn.
With best regards from your team of LEICHT GmbH, LEICHT France SAS, LEICHT USA Inc. and LEICHT physics GmbH
Under, in and above the clouds
"Cloudscapes", exhibition contribution, Paris
Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Transsolar SAS
The most essential task of a building is to protect the people inside it against weather conditions. And one of the most essential tasks of art is to continually pose questions about essentials.
The exhibition "Climats artificiels" (artificial climates) is currently showing in Paris, in which contemporary artists such as Marina Abramovic, Vaughn Bell or Yoko Ono explore the subject of climate change. A particularly spectacular contribution is that of the Japanese firm Tetsuo Kondo Architects: they designed a walk-in, transparent box with a volume of about 7000 ft³, in which the climate engineers from Transsolar created an actual cloud. A staircase inside the box enables visitors to stand under, in or above the clouds. LEICHT France engineer Antoine Fouchier was responsible for the planning of the steel structure and the transparent membranes for the proverbially weatherproof box.
The "Cloudscapes" exhibition is open until February 28, 2016 in Paris. After that, the box that can be disassembled and then re-assembled again will go on an exhibition tour.
SAVE THE DATE: On January 11, 2016, at 7 p.m. LEICHT France and Transsolar are inviting their customers, partners and colleagues to a guided inspection tour of "Cloudscapes" including introductory speeches by fellow engineers. You will receive a separate invitation to this event in December.
Architects: Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Tokyo
Climate engineers and ordering party: Transsolar SAS, Paris
Volume: 6,865 ft³
Surface area: 388 ft²
Photos: LEICHT France SAS
Fruit salad in an ETFE bubble
"Oasis No. 8", temporary installation, Graz
The works of the artist Markus Jeschaunig from Graz investigate the interrelationship between culture and nature and unfold themselves in the fields of tension among ecology, technology and urbanism.
Too abstract? Then let’s be more precise: at the present Markus Jeschaunig is planting banana trees. In Austria. In the city. To be more exact: in the historic city center of Graz. He is creating the tropical climate required for this from waste heat obtained from nearby cold storage warehouses whereby the heat is led into an ETFE bubble with a volume of 2,190 ft³.
Thus, bananas, pineapples and papayas are currently thriving on a roof projection in Radetzky Street – in the moist waste heat of the refrigeration units of the bakeries and restaurants located below: evidence of untapped energy potential in the city. An unusual scene. And, one can hope, a scene that will soon develop to maturity.
The ETFE bubble of the tropical, waste heat greenhouse was planned by LEICHT engineer Jochen Arndt. The bubble can be visited until the end of next year.
Artist, architect and ordering party: Markus Jeschaunig, Graz
Volume: 2,190 ft³
Photos: Sebastian Reiser & Markus Jeschaunig
Salt, art … same same
"Brilliant Crystal", sculpture, Passau
The salt of life is … in the final analysis, still salt. Or is it instead art? Same same: LEICHT supported the Munich artist Dietrich Förster in planning a one-hundredfold enlarged salt crystal with integrated lighting.
This year, with the "Brilliant Crystal", the city of Passau set a monument to the Goldene Steig (Golden Path). A befitting measure, after all the Goldene Steig recently became 1000 years old. The Goldene Steig was a very lucrative but barely passable network of trade routes from former times between Bavaria and Bohemia. Via these routes, Bohemia was supplied with alpine salt from Berchtesgaden or Salzburg which was so urgently needed for the conservation of meat.
The acrylic glass cube, comprising 1 m³, was conceived and created by the Munich artist Dietrich Förster. Since however his original design concept with flint glass met with neither authorization nor acceptance on an individual basis, Förster developed together with LEICHT CEO Marcel Enzweiler an alternative structural solution: 11 times more break-proof, only half as heavy and clearer and more translucent. The verification of stability was also provided by Marcel Enzweiler as responsible engineer.
In Passau, the "Brilliant Crystal" now glows from a steel stele on the Ilz Bridge, the historic landing site of the alpine salt barges. The firm K-tec from Radstadt was responsible for the implementation, the ordering party was the Free State of Bavaria.
Artist: Dietrich Förster
Ordering party: Free State of Bavaria
Execution: K-tec, Radstadt
Photos: Dietrich Förster