city lights.

photo: via DAAD

The unveiling of Cyprien Gaillard`s 50`s style bar neon will be on display in Berlin from tonight (10 p.m.) up to December 11, 2011. The project titled Neon Indian will be placed on the roof of Haus der Statistik at Alexanderplatz.
Gaillard is well known for the examination of urban landscapes, and so will his upcoming installation. The neon lightning is a version of […] the familiar logo of the US baseball team Cleveland Indians – a Native American cartoon caricature. Gaillard’s frequent use of the logo in his work points at the paradox of US sports club’s adoption of American Indian team names and mascots, irrespective of the country’s destruction of its indigenous peoples. Gaillard is interested in how such ancient symbols live on in marketing and mass culture, how what is “out of time” continues to exist. Likewise, the soon to be demolished Plattenbau ruin of Haus der Statistik reveals the folly of urban planning in an ever-changing historical context. On its roof, the displaced “face of the city of Cleveland” – a silent witness to the formerly rich industrial metropoles’ downfall – a city scarred by modern ruins today – smiles back knowingly at Berlin’s skyline.[…] (via DAAD)

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian
17 July – 11 December 2011


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