Steinerner Orientteppich

Steinerner Orientteppich

The “Steinerner Orientteppich” (Oriental Carpet made of Stone), a new work of art created by Frank Raendchen on the Wilhelminenbrücke bridge in Hamburg’s HafenCity in the summer of 2019, provides a reason to pause for a moment and think about the place while walking past it: what does a carpet mean in the city centre? Which values and cultural traditions does it represent?

The work of art, 27 metres long and made from 1.5 tons of marble granules, adopts well-known motifs and symbols from oriental carpets, thus transferring their meaning into the public domain: hospitality, openness and self-evidently living with art and historically evolved artistry are thereby conveyed to the highway.

The process of creating the Oriental Carpet made of Stone literally connects to the tradition of carpet-making that has taken place communally for thousands of years, and expresses meaning across cultural boundaries: the Körber Foundation and Frank Raendchen invited the people of Hamburg to take part in its production process, and to lay the new carpet together with the artist and his team.

Implementation of the work of art was originally made possible in the context of the “Art and culture in the HafenCity” competition in 2005. After its restoration in 2011 and 2016, Frank Raendchen worked on an entirely new Oriental Carpet made of Stone in the summer of 2019. The Körber Foundation has sponsored the project since 2005. The Carpet is situated directly in front of its headquarters at Kehrwieder 12.

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