Navel of the Earth 1985

West Berlin, Germany, 1985

earth, fire

11 x 43 x 46’ / 300 x 1300 x 1400 cm


In a World War II bomb site where an old Jewish synagogue had been, a crater-like landscape was formed of mud and earth. During this process, bones, cartridges, and bullets from World War II were found. The site was fired for seven days.  The following spring, from the ashes, new life emerged, in a place where nothing had grown since the bomb fell—hence the name, Navel of the Earth.


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