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Chippo opens installation at Van der Rohe gallery in Berlin

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David Chipperfield has created an installation with 144 tree trunks at the Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin

The intervention, named ‘Sticks and Stones’ in reference to the popular nursery rhyme, is the last artwork the gallery will host before being closed in 2015 for renovation by David Chipperfield Architects.

Sticks and Stones, an intervention by David Chipperfield at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Photo: David von Becker

Sticks and Stones, an intervention by David Chipperfield at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Photo: David von Becker

The installation takes the form of 144 barked spruce tree trunks, each approximately 8m in length, arranged vertically as if to support the roof structure, in reference to the apparent ‘lightness’ of the 1968 building which is supported by just eight narrow steel supports.

The spruce tree trunks were taken from a private forest on the Baltic Sea in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where they are now being replaced with deciduous trees to encourage the development of a mixed forest.

At the centre of the installation there is a 200m² ‘clearing’ which will become an events space while the gallery remains open.

The installation will remain in place until 31 December 2014.

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