Station: [43] Lois Weinberger, Spur, 2015


Lois Weinberger (born 1947 in Stams, Tyrol, lives in Gars am Kamp and Vienna) has an aisle drawn through the park. It crosses the stone-paved paths twice, cut through the lawn surface by a digger. The aisle ends in a heap of debris, the spoil of lawn, rubble and earth contrasting with the perfection of Tom Burr's darkened mirrors installed in the vicinity. Weinberger's aisle is cut and delicate groove, and at the same time a road for invasive plants. In his work, which reached a greater audience through a planting at Kassel main station during documenta x, Weinberger deals with so-called ruderal species. Mostly referred to as weeds, they colonise fallow ground, cracks in the tarmac, heaps of rubble or undeveloped peripheries. In ''well-kept'' gardens they are normally weeded out. But Weinberger creates a hierarchical shift with a political purpose. He sees the ruderal plants as migrants, forced to survive under poor conditions. They suffer the same fate as people who lost their homes.

Lois Weinberger

Spur, 2015

Soil, plants

Courtesy of Lois Weinberger

© Stiftung Skulpturenpark Köln, 2015, Photo: Tom May, Köln