Station 0: Ground Zero

Root Event

Activities presented by Werkleitz for Bauhaus100 Atlas – Im Spiralnebel der Moderne
Station 0: Ground Zero
DE 2019
Jan Herzog, Ground Zero - Stunde Null, Künstlerisch plastisches Modell von Dessau nach Kriegsende 1945
© Foto Matthias Knoch
Jan Herzog, Ground Zero - Stunde Null, Künstlerisch plastisches Modell von Dessau nach Kriegsende 1945
© Foto Matthias Knoch

Between the wars, Dessau had been a place of progressive politics, research and industry. With the onset of the Nazi period, this situation switched into terror. The expropriated Junkers factory was turned into one of the world’s largest armament factories, and the Zyklon B produced in the Dessau sugar refinery was now being used for mass murder in the extermination camp Auschwitz. With over 80% destruction during the bomb war, Dessau counted among the most severely damaged German cities. Even though the city regained in part its significance as a site for industry and research following the Second World War, the cityscape never fully recovered from the damage. Like Walter Benjamin’s angel of history who is blown backwards into the future by the storms of the catastrophes, Dessau has been gazing on the ruins of the past. Placed on the floor at the foot of the Atlas-scaffolding, the city model by the ceramic artist Jan Herzog shows the city at “zero hour” after the war.

Technik und Material : Grob schamottierter Ziegelton, die verwendeten Glasuren enthalten Beimengungen von Schutt, Sand und Asche. Brenntemperatur: 1160 Grad Celsius.

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