Winning proposal for a not-open Percentage-for-Art competition (nichtoffener Kunstwettbewerb) for a visitor center - Archeology House in Petriplatz, Berlin (Besucherzentrum - Archäologisches Haus am Petriplatz, Neubau).
The Tale of the Scale and the Skull is a black and white 650x650cm floor mosaic installed in 2022 on Archeologisches Haus’s outdoor terrace. It takes its inspiration from two sources: the rich history of the Petriplatz area and the practice of archeological excavations. The mosaic echoes two critical findings that will be on presentation in the visitor center; the first: the so-called “first Berliners,” the earliest human skeletons found in Berlin, that will be on display in the Ossarium of Archäelogisches Haus. The second: the colossal statue of “Berolina,” a female figure symbolizing the city (dated 1856). The skeleton itself and the scattered tools seem to be rotating along a circular path, evoking a dream-like, centripetal movement.
Project management and coordination: Arch. Mascha Fehse
3D rendering: Rachid Moro