Art in public space, BAM, Federal Office for Materialproof, Berlin
Client: Federal Office for Building and Spatial Affairs.
[…] Rather, the shapes are derived from spark images that arise during the spark test used for material testing. Anyone - in contrast to the employees of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing - who is not familiar with this method and its visual manifestations will see and feel the stimulating and counterpoint invigorating contrast between the surreal-looking works on the one hand and the austere architecture on the other.
Dr Martin Seidel (art historian, art and architecture publicist, art critic)
Excerpt from culture politics No. 4, December 2012
Art at the Federal Building | Activities and priorities ...
Chili Martina Seitz, then a student (2009), now a graduate, the Muthesius Academy of Arts in Kiel, was able to convince the jury with her design for the outdoor area of the BAM. She proposed three floral plastic sculptures in yellow, yellow-orange, and yellow-green, which were to be loosely embedded in the tightly organized green spaces of the campus. The idiosyncratic form and color of the sculptures was derived from sparking formations that can be found in the Schleiffunkenanalyse, a used at BAM material testing, and can provide information about the material. The close relationship to the tasks of the BAM as well as the contrapuntally informal freshness of the sculptures in the structured environment immediately convinced the jury - and as the first pictures of the work show completely rightly: the sculptures form a delightful contrast to the elegant and austere landscape architecture horizontally glassed façade of the administration building, so that they live up to their expectations in every respect. ...
Dr. Ute Chibidziura, art historian and consultant for art in construction at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning.