*** obs_04.12.19

[German Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin]
  • The Field
    "The Field, as Eisenman calls the project, is just south of the Brandenburg Gate. His columns are arranged in rank upon rank of cemetery-straight rows. But they vary in stature, undulating up and down, from the height of a flower just a few inches tall, to that of a full-grown 15ft tree." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

  • representation
    " 'Any representation of the Holocaust is bound to be less than the enormity of what happened, and so become kitsch, sentimental and hollow,' he told one interviewer. 'The space isn't a graveyard. I didn't want any names; it should be absent of meaning.' ." (Peter Eisenman, in Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

  • Iowa cornfield
    "If Eisenman is evoking anything with the project, it is the experience that he had walking into an Iowa cornfield many years ago. 'I walked 100 yards in and couldn't see my way out. That moment was very scary. There are moments in time when you feel lost in space. I was trying to create the possibility of that experience, that frisson, something that you don't forget." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

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*** g_04.12.16

  • mired
    "Eisenman's giant menhir-shaped slabs are laid out across an area the size of four football fields and are designed to simulate the vertiginous sense of bewilderment felt by Europe's Jews during the Nazi era." (Luke Harding, g_04.12.16)

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