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Art in architecture: Dedication of the "Gelbe Kabine" (Yellow cabin)

The work of art “Die Gelbe Kabine” in front of the BfS head office in Salzgitter Gelbe KabineThe "Gelbe Kabine" in front of the BfS head office in Salzgitter

On 20 September 2018, the work of art "Die gelbe Kabine" was officially dedicated in front of the head office of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) in Salzgitter. The winning design in an art-in-architecture competition was officially presented to the BfS.

The work is in the form of a freely accessible, moving sculpture from artist Iris Musolf and is a reminder of the reactor disaster in Chernobyl. It is directly relevant to the foundation history and to the tasks of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection.

Vivid memorial to the founding mission

"Die gelbe kabine" is a faithful replica of a Ferris wheel cabin in a pleasure park in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat. The Ferris wheel never became operational; on 26 April 1986, a few days before the planned opening, the largest reactor disaster in history occurred in the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power station. The town was evacuated and the abandoned Ferris wheel has remained a symbol of the accident.

The BfS, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in the coming year, was founded as a result of the reactor accident. "The artwork reminds us vividly of this founding mission: we are responsible for safely protecting human life from radiation of all types. Today, this founding mission remains as powerful as ever," says BfS President Inge Paulini at the dedication of the artwork.

Five people sit in the artistic sculpture "Die gelbe Kabine" Gelbe KabineIris Musolf (Artist), Franz Betz (Jury Chair), Thomas Popp (Staatliches Baumanagement Braunschweig), Sylvia Haida (BImA), Inge Paulini (BfS) in the "Gelbe Kabine"

Art-in-architecture at the BfS site in Salzgitter

The occasion for the artwork was the competition "Art in architecture”, which the Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA) announced in the context of extension work to the BfS administration building BfS in Salzgitter. The design from artist Iris Musolf stood out clearly among the numerous submissions from a preselection of artists.

An information point describes the artist's inspiration and presents background information about the work. The owner of the artwork is the BImA. The competition was managed by the Staatliche Baumanagement Braunschweig (Braunschweig State Construction Management). Keeper of the art-in-architecture is the BfS.

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State of 2018.09.20

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