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Ctrl c / ctrl v: The Living Park; Gunnar Friel / Anja Vormann

Photo documentation


Maximilian-Weyhe-Allee / Hofgarten, 40213 Düsseldorf

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Gunnar Friel and Anja Vormann

Technical specifications

Work technology, material

Grass, flagstones, metal sticks, earth, sand, pebbles


Path: 25 mx 3 m Tree: 3 x 3 m

Brief description

Existing parking facilities are reproduced as fragments according to the “copy / paste” principle.

time indication

Competition 2001

Exhibition and installation 2002

Description of content

ABOUT THE PARK: The history of the park as a cultural landscape is always also the history of the changing understanding of nature. The geometric order of baroque gardens and the constructed naturalness of English gardens are an expression of a manipulative attitude of people towards natural processes. But what if a park in the future appropriates the structural principles applied to it in order to use them against the dictates of the human understanding of order? The park integrates the structural rules into its own process of reproduction and infiltrates the system like a virus. The media artists Anja Vormann and Gunnar Friel consider the park in their work as an independently acting creature and based on this idea they developed their project "ctrl c / ctrl v: The Living Park" in the Hofgarten. They use the "copy and paste" principle known from computers, which is carried out with the key combination ctrl + c and ctrl + v, and transfer it from the virtual to the real. Existing situations are copied and pasted elsewhere. By cloning existing sections, purpose-oriented design principles are undermined and their rules are called into question. (Pia Witzmann from catalog "Hellgruen", Düsseldorf 2002)

ABOUT THE WORK: A tree island lined with square stone slabs in the middle of the concrete sidewalk is being expanded to include a smaller variant. Next to its sister version is an even smaller one, which, however, appears to be a copy of the copy.

In the park, the paths are elliptical, they connect with other park avenues to form a complex network. In "ctrl c / ctrl v: The Living Park", however, this principle seems to have been abolished at certain points. A path begins, only to stop abruptly in the middle of the grassy area, it leads nowhere and the park visitor who has taken it has to stop in front of the straight line that forms the path boundary. He can also go from this curious end point to the grassy area and see the path as an individual structure made especially for him.

Metal borders separate the edge of the path from the lawn. They are dark green, stand on metal posts and are closed off by shiny metal balls. Their “clones” run parallel to one of them: two equally long sections with the corresponding lawn. They seem to stand for the division and increase of borders or for the "colonization" of new territories. The end of the path gains an attractive triad that is able to break the monotony of the light yellow gravel surface.

In the park there are also some spherical bushes that form shady spots next to the trees in the relatively bright surroundings. Two of the bushes leave their intended place on the grassy area and go onto the sandy path, where they break up the continuity of the route in a varied way. (Judyta Koziol)

Organizational framework, owner

Light green: 30 art projects in and around the Düsseldorf Hofgarten announced and organized by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the State Capital Düsseldorf - the cultural office - as part of EUROGA 2002plus, exhibition May 11 - October 6, 2002

Owner: State capital Düsseldorf



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