Europe is laden with beautiful, historic monuments. It also has its fair share of antiquated infrastructure, most of which is too large to remove or too much of a bother (or expense) to demolish. As the world modernizes, what should communities do with their industrial relics? That is the question explored in asdfg architekten's latest installation, "Sky Stack." The upper section of an old chimney rising over Kassel, Germany has been outfitted with five reflective rings that, from a distance, appear to be cut-outs. The result: a surrealist image of a partitioned structure floating in the sky.
The brick smoke stack towers over a somewhat isolated part of town, physically removed from the urban center yet visible from throughout Kassel. It reminds residents of the city's history and what the skyline would be missing if the stack was ever demolished.
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