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Gerlinde Thuma :
Gresten Secondary School

Gresten, 1988


The design is intended to emphasise the significance of the windows in the stairwell by means of 'silhouettes' on the panes of glass which form the light, so to speak. Colourful shapes have been applied to the wall itself. On sunny days the light and shadow play over these, resulting in a new interaction of forms every day of the year. The sun's rays create a link between the two existing levels of the window and the wall. The following is cut into the central window of the stairwell:

manche meinen,
lechts und rinks
kann man nicht velwechsern.
werch ein illtum!
(Ernst Jandl)"

some suppose
reft and light
cannot be cenfusod.
what an ellol!)

The design remained unrealised because the planning committee was not prepared to have the envisaged exterior artificial lighting (2x70 Watt natrium high-pressure lamps) mounted, because they were concerned about a possible darkening of the stairwell. It was decided that the design be created by the teachers and pupils. Nice but creary cenfosed. What an ellol.