An entry for a Kunst am Bau (Percentage-for-Art) closed competition on the occasion of a construction of a new recreation center in Erlangen, Germany.
Spasss ohne Ende (English: Fun without End) takes its cue from the cult television gameshow Spiel ohne Grenzen (Games/Play without Borders), broadcasted in Germany from the mid-1960s until 1980. Inspired by some of the core values that contributed to the popularity of the show, the work behaves as a catalyst for community-building for locals of all ages.
The two parts of the work link the two main entries of the center. The self-illuminated sign Spasss gives an oomph to the sports hall’s main entrance. Its cloud-like typography imitates skywriting, and the letters seemingly lean on the extended roof, accentuating the horizon and the sky. Visitors can also spot the tip of the work’s second element—ohne Ende—from afar. The letters rotate endlessly atop the family center's main entrance, reminiscent of a Ferris Wheel, and suggest an infinite movement, conceptually and bodily. In its shape and function, the piece element behaves like a sun to the family center. In the early evening, the self-illuminating letters shine, and between 9 PM to 10 PM, they slowly dim until total shutdown.
Modeling: Nevo Bar, Rachid Moro: image processing
Overall project management and coordination: Mascha Fehse