Capital Airport BBI: Art on Site

The first artists have been named/works of art to be completed for the opening of BBI
The first works of art have been selected for the new Capital Airport BBI. An independent jury of experts has chosen three drafts for the Art on Site which are to be completed in time for the BBI opening in June 2012. The artists submitted their suggestions on invitation or through open competitions. The topic envisaged and planned is the contrast of land and air.

The selected works:

  • Competition invitation check-in hall, winning draft Magic Carpet Ride by Pae White, USA
  • Competition invitation jetways, winning draft GADGET by Olaf Nicolai, Germany
  • Open competition Exit/Arrivals, winning draft Sternentalerhimmel [star-money sky] by STOEBO, Germany

Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Berlin comments: "I am particularly pleased to see that the quality of the drafts submitted in the competitions, which have now been concluded, was very high. Art on Site will ideally mirror the creativity of Berlin at the new Willy Brandt Airport".

Matthias Platzeck, Minister-President of the State of Brandenburg: "The concept for Art on Site picks up the subject of crossing borders. And the new airport Berlin Brandenburg will pay into this concept every day. Art as a special form of exploring reality and as interaction and playful discussion of what is possible can invite travellers to take a short "stopover" to reflect upon what actually their reality is. My wish for the artists and their works is that visitors and travellers take advantage of this opportunity".

Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Traffic: "Art on Site has a long national tradition for the federal government. At the Berlin Brandenburg airport, there is a predominant topic that demands total involvement on the part of the artists with the nature of the area. The outcome: the art will ultimately exert an influence on how travellers experience the airport".

Prof. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: "I am very pleased to see that the jury has chosen such convincing drafts. The new Capital Airport will also be setting standards in the genre of art. I am looking forward to seeing how the works of art are implemented".

Dr Manfred Körtgen, Managing Director of Operations/BBI at Berlin Airports: "The competitions have shown how great national and international interest in BBI is. Implementation of the works of art is now being planned so that they will be finished in time for the opening of BBI".

Prof. Dr Stephan Berg, director of Kunstmuseum Bonn and deputy chairman of the jury: "The aim of the jury was to find works of art which visually underscore the character of the airport as a place of encounter, communication and openness. The three works recommended for completion take this proposition into account and on a very high quality level, and also provide a reference to Berlin's profile as a world-acclaimed art metropolis".

The next step involves choosing the artists for works of art at three other sites: the plaza in Airport City, the exit in the security area and a virtual location. An expert committee will be appointed to attend to this. The aim here is also to have the works completed for the opening of BBI.

The basis for the competition and for the implementation of the works of art is an artistic concept developed by the art coordinator at BBI for Art on Site, Realace GmbH. This has been commissioned by Berlin Airports which is supervising the project with the strong support and participation of the shareholders, Berlin, Brandenburg and the Federal Republic.

Spokesman Lars Wagner

Lars Wagner Head of the Press Office / Spokesman
Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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