On 26 April, the “Station to Station” project at Berlin Central Station will be launched with the inauguration of the Vertical Highways sculpture by Bettina Pousttchi. The artist is sending a strong signal that will give new impetus to art in public spaces.
Fig. above: Bettina Pousttchi, Vertical Highways, Hauptbahnhof Berlin, Rendering, 2023
The internationally renowned artist Bettina Pousttchi uses familiar street furniture for her sculptures, for example crash barriers, street posts or tree guards. Pousttchi bends, colours and transforms them, piles them up, rearranges them. In this way she creates fascinating figures that enter into dialogue with their surroundings. The objects from the urban space that are otherwise responsible for order are given a completely new function. They open up the space for an alternative perspective.
This will soon be the case at Berlin’s main railway station. “Vertical Highways” is the name of the latest six-metre-high sculpture to find its place in the heart of Berlin. On site, Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz and curator Prof. Walter Smerling welcome the newly erected sculpture and provide insights into the challenge of erecting art in such a special urban, publicly accessible location.
The work is the artistic prelude to the federally funded series “Station to Station”. Artists and musicians are invited to enliven railway stations as places of encounter, exchange and surprise for travellers. At the opening, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, Prof. Dr. Salander, and Udo Müller, Co-CEO of the media service provider Ströer, will provide information on the further background of the cooperation.
Berlin Central Station
Area at the DB tower at the outdoor area of Vapiano
Opening: Wednesday, 26. April 2023, 4 pm