New art objects at the Vitra Campus: Blockhaus, Ring and Ruisseau
Design: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec; Thomas Schütte
Location: Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein (DE)
Blockhaus by Thomas Schütte is a shelter containing a water fountain, and has a slightly irregular footprint. Its outer walls are angled outwards, and the funnel-shaped volume is topped by an irregularly formed roof. Unlike the other art and design objects on the Campus, Blockhaus has come about as the result of a direct enquiry made by Rolf Fehlbaum, Vita's former chairman, after seeing a 1:10 model of Schütte's art object in a Düsseldorf art gallery.
Ring and Ruisseau – the objects by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – represent the interaction of the urban and natural landscape. Ruisseau is a long water channel let into marble, while Ring – a stainless steel bench -encircles a cherry tree. These two objects in the public part of the Vitra Campus express the poetic character of landscape elements in urban surroundings and as such refer to the varied relationship between man and nature.