Alusi Ephemeral Art
– A universe made of wax –
WACH designstudio was asked by ephemeral Artist Maha Alusi to plan and design the new artist space of Alusi Ephemeral Art in Berlin Kreuzberg – A basement without windows that was former used as storage space by architect Gerkan. The guideline was, to unite candle production, kitchen area, computer workstation, small photography setup and a space for artistic work.
Using left over materials of old candle packagings and the artists material of choice – candle wax – we went to work. Keeping constant track of the artist’s wish to be able to illuminate the space using candle light and the condition to manage the task with as little budget as possible, we included the help of the nearby workshop for handicapped. They were immediately fascinated by the project and supported the undertaking with great commitment. The handicapped performed the task of preparing all parts for the wax dome design – a ceiling construction made of 3000 pieces of wax dipped papers, endless meters of wick, bamboo and leftover packaging material. For the dirty and worn out concrete floor we created a 5 cm thick and robust wax coating. Further we planed a wall and ceiling system to flexibly arrange candle glasses and a center table made out of honeycomb cardboard and wax.
WACH designstudio thanks Mosaik Behindertenwerkstatt Kreuzberg for the fruitful collaboration!