The Junior House, built in 1951, is one of the most important cultural monuments of post-war modernism in Frankfurt. Screwed out of the war-destroyed Old Town, the building, with its spiral-shaped, glazed staircase, dominates one of the city’s busiest pedestrian and traffic junctions.
Gunther Hecker captures this concept in a site-specific light installation. Already from afar, the rotating movement of the glass mid-section attracts attention. As in a huge spiral, the light corkscrews from floor to floor, changing color, speed and dynamics in a continuous loop.
The effect is created by LED floodlights whose choreography has been specially programmed. The two side wings to the left and right of the glazed spiral staircase are also integrated. The temporary staging of the listed building is intended to direct light onto the striking edifice with the Mercedes star, which, appearing as a pleasant relic of the past, influences the cityscape of the Main metropolis.
Gunther Hecker is one of Europe’s most renowned stage and lighting designers. His works include illumination of the Commerzbank Frankfurt in collaboration with Thomas Emde; the lighting design for the Sky Arena for the 2006 World Cup, as well as numerous stage shows for such artists as Herbert Grönemeyer, Die Fantastischen Vier, and Xavier Naidoo.
Picture: © Gunther Hecker
Light Art Outdoor
18.–23. März 2018, ab Einbruch der Dunkelheit bis 23 Uhr
Junior Haus, Kaiserstraße 21, 60329 Frankfurt am Main
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© Gunther Hecker