Fallopia baldschuanica (Architektentrost)installation (plant, paletts, plexiglass)
In between the constructs of “nature” and “culture” grows Fallopia baldschuanica. The climbing plant is known for rapidly branching out and repressing other botanicals. In an urban context she is grown as an ornamental plant to cover unsightly structures. However, as an invasive species she is mostly spreading beyond her intended limits and can be found covering whole buildings and other large structures. Colloquially she is called “architect’s solace”.
The installation was presented in the context of an exhibition titled “Examining the edge” in a gallery located in the district of Marzahn, Berlin. The mostly residential area is characterized by the architecture of the Plattenbau and stigmatized as socially problematic.