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Bridge over the Enz, Kaltenstein Castle, Church Tower, Vaihingen an der Enz


The night sky above the town of Vaihingen an der Enz is lit up with three words in huge blue LED letters. The bridge over the Enz glows with the adjective FLOWING, the castle is illuminated with the noun TEARS, and the church tower bears the verb GLISTEN. When combined, these three words create a poetic, almost magical phrase. But they can also stand alone. With her words, Berlin artist Gunda Förster offers a point of departure and a reason for envisioning this specific place and space, and creates an associative process that throws up memories, emotions and questions.

Since the 1990s, Berlin artist Gunda Förster has been working with a wide range of media and materials, including expansive light installations, video, slides, and photography. Her installations repeatedly push her audience to the limits of what the senses can bear. In 2012 she created “Tunnel”, a work comprising right-angled rays of sunshine-yellow light that is on permanent display at the Bundestag in Berlin. The rays of light become more dense at the centre, opening up an unusual perspective and producing perceptions of impressive quality. Förster studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin. In 2015 she was appointed Professor of Art in the context of Architecture and Design at Wismar University of Applied Sciences.


© Frank Kleinbach

In the past the River Enz provided water for the tannery in Vaihingen, and until 1910 it was also used for rafting timber. Today it is largely the preserve of punters and canoeists. The Protestant town church, built in 1513, was damaged many times by fire, and today's structure is the result of partial rebuilding after the town fire of 1693. The interior was renovated in 1892/93 and the organ was moved to its present location. Kaltenstein Castle, the former seat of the local aristocracy and a town landmark, was first officially mentioned in 1096.  It was later used as a garrison and military hospital, and from 1842 as a workhouse. It was a Christian youth centre until the end of 2014.


Enzgasse/Auricher Straße, Kirchplatz 3, Schloss Kaltenstein
71665 Vaihingen an der Enz

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