Four years after the start of the project, the construction of three accessible steel sculptures has begun in the city of Mönchengladbach, providing access to the inner-city garden of the Mönchengladbach Unemployment Centre. Supplemented by a pavilion with an outdoor kitchen, a garden with bridges by Ruth Buchanan is being created here, which aims to create space for gardening, meeting and recreation. The sculptures are named after parts of the body and thus refer to the meaning of the garden as an organism.
Within the framework of a mediation process of the New Patrons Initiative, the team and visitors of the Mönchengladbach Unemployment Centre and pupils and teachers of the nearby Stiftisches Humanistisches Gymnasium Mönchengladbach took the initiative for a joint project that was to make visible the claim to social openness.
The Kunststiftung im Museum Abteiberg is responsible for its realisation. An alliance of sponsors and donors supports the project. The artist, the planning team, representatives of the commissioning group, the cooperation partners and sponsors, Felix Heinrichs - Lord Mayor as patron and the Head of the Department for Education, Culture and Sport were present at the start of construction on 18 August 2022. A garden workshop with Kobe Matthys from Brussels took place beforehand.
Photo: Florian Wagner