This project was developed in collaboration with the project partner Via Lewandowsky.
Around a million nails, hammered into the black asphalt surrounding the building, form an irregular grid of shiny silver dots and mark the site of countless stations of escape and suffering. Part of the floor is so densely nailed that the black asphalt is almost completely covered. In its use on the property of the Foundation "Flucht, Vertreibung und Versöhnung (Flight, Expulsion and Reconciliation)", the nail is a form and expression of commemoration and remembrance: each individual nail is like a marker of a stage, of a flight between the starting point and the ending point. The nail heads are a condensation of individual routes without the lines connecting the points. A dense web of intersecting or juxtaposed paths. The nail inscribes individual and collective history into the ground at this site. Each nail is shot individually into the ground, a martial act that records an uncountable sum of individual fates and painful experiences. Millions of nails thus symbolize the unrepresentability, intangibility, uncountability, and non-representability of the experience of escape and displacement. The pavement of the open space consists of mastic asphalt. The dark asphalt corresponds with the basalt base of the building. The entire area can be walked on and partially driven over. Silvery shimmering stainless steel nails with a head diameter of about 7mm are nailed to the entire open space. The density of the nailing increases towards the building. This creates a coherent space around the building, which is perceived as a unit. The number and design of the open space furniture is reduced to what is absolutely necessary in order to give the ground area maximum space. In the southern area on Anhalterstraße, a 10m long bench invites people to sit and linger. The surface of the bench is made of dark mastic asphalt, as is the covering of the ground areas.