Commitment to Europe by Mia Florentine Weiss at the NIKOLAIKIRCHE MUSEUM BERLIN
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles, artist Mia Florentine Weiss has transformed the nave of St Nicholas’ Church into a universal “Way of the Cross” by creating a large-scale cross installation which visitors can walk through.
Resting on a mound of soil from every European country, the cross becomes an eloquent image for the concept of a unified Europe. After its Berlin debut in autumn 2019, the installation is due to set off on itself own symbolic way of the cross as it will tour a number of the countries which signed the Treaty of Versailles.
The walk-in cross is a framework construction enclosed by membranes. An ECTFE film cushion is used to close off the ends on the cross’s horizontal bar and its top point.
The structure is designed for both indoor and outdoor areas. The cross can be accessed at the foot end and is exited via a set of steps leading back from the intersection point to the outside. There are screw connections at the joints of the steel construction components so they can be separated into elements to facilitate transport and assembly. The installation is stored is on a specially adapted grill structure made of rolled profiles.
Mia Florentine Weiss
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