Reichstag In Berlin Analysis

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Contemporary Art represents direct and indirect views on society. Artists use Art as a tool to express their perspectives on all various sectors of society. Their creations are used as a way to voice their opinions. It can be in a form of protest against an issue or to fortify and communicate their beliefs. Consequently, " Contemporary art seems to exist in a zone of freedom, set apart from the mundane and functional character of everyday life, and from its rules and conventions" (Stallabrass, 2004). Two Artists that convey the sense of freedom in their projects by working outside the Art world system are Christo and Michael Heizer. Their projects are innovative and definitely ambitious. Both these artists use outer space as part of their artwork.…show more content…
This aspect of his life made him interested in East-West relations which shaped the culture and life of 20th Century. Germany is the only place in the world where its East and its West met in a dramatic situation due to its past and present story. Therefore, The Reichstag in Berlin was the ideal choice to represent the nation's struggles and story. The Reichstag is known for being under the jurisdiction of various governments and along with its intriguing past history, it became the perfect symbol to represent Germany's story. It is a Victorian building that belongs to the German Nation. The project was held at a time when Germans were questioning their identity and their future ahead. Christo's project challenged Germans to see the Reichstag and the vast space surrounding it, in a new perspective. For Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the…show more content…
It began in 1972 and till the present day, it is still under construction. The City artwork consists of five phases of enormous geometric forms, walls and other free standing structures. It is built with natural area soil, found rocks and dyed clay as well as concrete and granite. The City project was influenced by the Native American buildings tradition and the ancient cities of Central and South America with which Heizer became familiar through the work of his anthropologist father. The solitude area of The City gives it an element of strength. The extended landscape around this contemporary artwork has unique wildlife and important geological features that forms part of this creation. This area has been chosen due to its danger of nuclear development. Heizer fought against it and in 2016, with the help of sympathetic politicians and supporters, President Obama declared it a National
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