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Catalan artist presents “colour explosion” in Berlin

Ester Fabregat has decorated the façade of a Berlin library, which is her third project in the German capital. The sculpture is a colour explosion, bringing light to the grey winter weather. It depicts 3 human silhouettes swimming on the library façade and aims to give a “message of multiculturalism”.

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10 December 2010 09:58 PM

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ACN / Neus Pérez

Berlin (ACN).- \u201CBerlin\u2019s winter weather is very grey, there is no sun. This sculpture, even when the sun is down, shines by itself. It is a colour explosion\u201D, explains the Catalan artist, Ester Fabregat. The sculpture covers the façade of the Schiller municipal library in Berlin\u2019s Wedding neighbourhood. The artist calls the sculpture \u201CDer Tanz der Kontinente\u201D (Dance of the Continents). She wanted to bring \u201Canother vibe and harmony\u201D to Berlin. She also wanted to tell a message of multiculturalism. \u201CIn the South, we are used to having sun; we do not value it so much. Here, there is no sun, but we bring it\u201D, comments the artist. Fabregat\u2019s projects have taken her to France, Greece, Brazil, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, and Germany.


In September, Ester Fabregat exhibited her work \u2018Schwimmer\u2019 (Swimmers) in a Wedding gallery. In 2008, she participated in the \u2018Artville\u2019 art fair in Berlin after winning the previous edition in Copenhagen. That year, Fabregat also organised a performance in Berlin, which could be seen in the city\u2019s most emblematic buildings. \u2018Der Tanz der Kontinente\u2019 is the latest project of the artist in Germany.

\u2018Der Tanz der Kontinente\u2019 depicts three human silhouettes swimming along the library\u2019s façade. It aims to bring a message in support of \u201Cmulticulturalism\u201D. The sculpture, which is 25 metres long and 5 metres high,  moves with the wind and is held by a fishing net, an image linked to \u201Ccommunication\u201D and \u201Ccultural understanding\u201D, according to the author. The work, unveiled in early November, will be exhibited until the end of February.

The Berlin project came from a previous work by Fabregat. Last April, she covered the façade of the Town Hall of the Catalan municipality of Valls (South-West of Catalonia). In Germany, they saw her work and contacted her to make a similar proposal for Berlin. The work has been funded by the Berlin Town Hall. The artist says that being a foreigner was not a problem at all, \u201Cwhat matters here is if what you do is wanted\u201D. Fabregat thinks that her work is often more appreciated abroad, although she is also satisfied with the job she performed in Catalonia. \u201CI work fine everywhere, at home or abroad\u201D.

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  • A view from the library's inside (by Neus Pérez)

  • An external view from the Schiller library (by Neus Pérez)

  • A view from the library's inside (by Neus Pérez)
  • An external view from the Schiller library (by Neus Pérez)
Catalan artist presents “colour explosion” in Berlin