As cool as Fashion

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Lafayette, Berlin

The artificialness of a big shopping mall like the ‘Galeries Lafayette’ in Berlin still gets emphasized quite a bit by such a huge scrap metal installation. But the sensibility for that awkwardness seemed to be missing – I had the strong feeling that I was the only one seeing that as a bit out of place. So I must have been wrong.

4 thoughts

  1. The concept of a “Wegwerfgesellschaft” doesn’t seem to bother us very much. It is odd that the mall here would potentially draw attention to its own contribution to that wasteful excess. I suppose most people just think “ooh, big, colors, pretty,” and keep shopping.

    1. Michael, unfortunately I see not a single small indicator that you are not right. Not the best preconditions for the climate talks now starting in Paris.

  2. Ich denke (wie mein Vorkommentator), keiner der Verantwortlichen des Kaufhauses hat den möglichen kritischen Impetus dieser Junk-Sculpture reflektiert. Es ist reiner Dekor, ein Augenkitzel mehr, der durch seine schiere Größe zum Staunen, aber mitnichten zum Überdenken einer konsumistischen Haltung anregt.

    1. Uwe, Bescheidenheit ist sicher keine charakterisierende Eigenschaft im 21. Jahrhundert, eher speed und fun und was derlei nicht-nachhaltige Dinge noch mehr sind. Leider.

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