This June, the barbecue area on the Hunziker site in Leutschenbach, Zurich, serves as a temporary aluminium collection point. At first glance, this installation looks more like an educational project about sustainable handling of raw materials and seems to have little in common with an artwork. The artistic concept behind it does not take on a form until the exhibition New North Zurich is underway. The Zurich-based artists Stefan Baltensperger (b. 1976 in Switzerland) and David Siepert (b. 1983 in Germany) have invited the public to contribute scrap aluminium for the casting of a bell and thus to participate in the production of the artwork by handing in personal items. Once the donated material has spent several weeks amassing in collection containers, a bell is subsequently cast directly in the ground at the same place – and shall remain there. After this act, only the uppermost part, comprising the neck and crown, is to protrude out of the earth like a waist-high bollard, resembling an archaeological relic.
As it remains in the ground on the Hunziker site, the “Leutschenbach bell” will not be heard, yet the preceding communal act reverberates within it. In the cooperative residential and commercial estate “mehr als wohnen”, where processes of participation play a key role, the buried artwork becomes a memento of a collective experience and a symbol of a shared new beginning.
Supported by / Unterstützt von: IGORA – Genossenschaft für Aluminium-Recycling und Baugenossenschaft mehr als wohnen, Züric