The water feature by Danish artist Jeppe Hein was realised in the castle driveway, where there was a large fountain basin that had not been in use for a while. Hein’s work, poetic and restrained while simultaneously spectacular, envisions an accessible fountain consisting of a circular wall of water. The wall of water is partitioned into several segments that can be controlled through a programme to fall and rise again.
With a bit of skill, visitors can step into the centre of the fountain and back out again without getting wet. The interactive fountain is a great experience for children and adults, as it enables a playful approach to art in an incomparable fashion.
The realisation of this fountain was made possible by the volunteer workers of the MuseumShop Morsbroich and donations by the Sparkasse Leverkusen bank, by Energieversorgung Leverkusen (EVL) power supplier and the ECE Projektmanagement GmbH.
The tree stand by Francis Zeischegg for the “Hunters & Gatherers in contemporary art” exhibition, designed specifically for the castle courtyard, has the title Blind (2014), referencing the English term ‘raised blind’ for the hunter’s hiding place and the visual shield offered by these small architectural constructions.
The tree stand is accessible to visitors and shields them from the eyes of others while, on the other hand, offering only a limited view. The shaft-like windows fitted with a perforated grid, making them only partially transparent, are a reference to the window openings that are to be found in the observation bunkers of former GDR border facilities. Blind is thus a mixture of forest building and surveillance architecture.