Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stuttgart 21: Construction without consensus

The time is rife. After years of photographing the changes in the city of Stuttgart that this massive project have brought with it, I am finally going to be able to show a selection of these pictures in a solo exhibition in Freibug.

   Too many people failed to take seriously the plans put forth by the Deutsche Bahn and the city of Stuttgart for a complete overhaul of the terminal train station here. The 16 tracks will be squeezed into an underground tunnel just wide enough for 8 tracks and will run perpendicular to the present train lines. The real estate that has been freed up by this plan has already been sold to investors to offset some of the costs of the construction. The current state of the site can be viewed in the various webcams set up by the Bahn for this purpose. Time-lapse films of the tree felling in the park and other big steps in the construction process can also be viewed online.

   Please join me for the opening of the show at 7 p.m. on August 7, 2014, at the Carl-Schurz-Haus in Freiburg. The solo show will consist of 32 large photographs and one huge collage, all images I have shot over the past four years.
   If you can't attend on Thursday evening, I will be in town till Sunday evening. Get in touch with me and perhaps we can meet up and go through the exhibition together on another day.