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Pulled by the Roots 

The biggest surprise Karlsruhe has to offer for the next couple of months is a suspended house in the middle of the Market Place Karlsruhe. Between July 1st and September 27th, 2015, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) is organizing an international arts festival, dedicated to “celebrate and repurpose construction sites and poor materials” – The City is the Star.

Courtesy if ZKM, Photography by Fidelis Fucks

Courtesy if ZKM, Photography by Fidelis Fucks

Leandro Erlich’s installation – Pulled by the Roots – features a huge crane that is supporting a two story house with roots. The concept of his design was based on the work of the German architect Friedrich Weinbrenner, at some point Karlsruhe’s official leading architect. The house looks like it’s floating, while being “transported” from one site to another. Pulled from the ground, de-rooted and wondering where should it land next, the project addresses a few actual topics, like “uprooting, migration and simulation”.

Courtesy if ZKM, Photography by Fidelis Fucks

Courtesy if ZKM, Photography by Fidelis Fucks

Erlich has managed once again to make art in its purest form, a means to ask questions and to suggest new possible ways of thinking. Pulled by the Roots is a striking surreal installation that is definitely worth experiencing.

Project credits:
Artist: Leandro Erlich
Clients: ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Stadtmarketing Karlsruhe GmbH, Karlsruher Schieneninfrastruktur-Gesellschaft mbH (KASIG)

By Cristina Juc

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