【DE】A swinging leaf in Carlowitz

Movement, balance and balance: A work of art by Rolf Lieberknecht moved by wind and weather has moved into the Carlowitz Congresscenter Chemnitz.


A new work of art has moved into the Carlowitz Congress Center Chemnitz. Rolf Lieberknecht designed a kinetic sculpture for the glass roof in the LUX area under the title “Falling Leaf”. It penetrates the hexagonal glass dome from the outside to the inside at its vertex. The outer part has the factually constructive shape of a silvery shiny, rectangular wind vane. Corresponding to the direction of the wind, it oscillates around its vertical axis. The energy of this simple two-dimensional movement is transmitted from the outside to the inside and converts a “golden leaf” hanging under the glass dome into a multifaceted three-dimensional spatial movement. The sculpture has a dimension of approx. 6 meters long and 3.80 meters wide and is made of stainless steel in its essential parts. The leaf is gold-plated on both sides. The natural wind energy gives movement impulses and makes the leaf vibrate. Whenever the wind turns something on the outside, the golden leaf of light rotates, swings and oscillates slowly, quietly and slightly on the inside. Reflections of daylight roam the interior. The everlasting meditative movement combines the elements light, air, water and earth, Rolf Lieberknecht describes his sculpture. Wind energy has enormous advantages from an artistic point of view. It is sometimes small, sometimes large, comes from different directions and its effect is hardly predictable. In addition, it conveys a contemporary and environmentally conscious approach in the current energy debate.”


The new sculpture thus fits perfectly into the dance of works of art in the house. In other rooms in Carlowitz, the walls have also been artistically designed to match the room names. “I would like to thank Rolf Lieberknecht for his idea and the vision, which excellently supports our concept of sustainability,” says Dr. Ralf Schulze, Managing Director of C3 Chemnitzer Veranstaltungszentren GmbH. Special thanks go to the support and commitment of numerous sponsors as well as the city of Chemnitz, who made the implementation of the work of art possible.


About Rolf Lieberknecht:

Rolf Lieberknecht studied architecture at the TU Berlin and the Royal College of Art in London. He has also received scholarships and fellowships in London, New York, California and Massachusetts. Rolf Lieberknecht has regularly participated in exhibitions since 1971 and received various prizes and awards. From 1989 to 2012, he was professor of sculpture and three-dimensional design at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Rolf Lieberknecht has had his own studio in Einsiedel since 1993. In 2018, he founded together with Prof. Dr. Christian von Borczyskowski the TANKSTELLE PROJECT SPACE in Chemnitz, which was recently involved with the video project “crash + reconstruction” at the CUNSTHALLE in the Stadthalle Chemnitz.



Art in Carlowitz:

The new Carlowitz Congresscenter Chemnitz not only wants to score points through a sustainable congress concept, but also to inspire its guests sustainably through art. The rooms of the Congresscenter bear Latin names from nature or from elements from AQUA (water) to LUX (light) to Ventus (wind). You pay attention to the main architectural theme of interior design: metamorphosis – atmosphere nature. The walls in some rooms have been creatively designed by artists and artists to match the respective room names, including: Peter Kallfels (Chemnitz), Janina Kracht (Dresden), Katja Lang (Chemnitz/Berlin), Michal Schmidt (Erfurt), René Seifert (Plauen/Berlin). In the LUX, the kinetic sculpture “Falling Leaf” by Rolf Lieberknecht (Chemnitz) swings under the glass dome.


About the Carlowitz Congresscenter Chemnitz:

At the end of 2020, the Carlowitz Congress Center – the new center for knowledge and conscience – opened. Located directly at the Stadthalle Chemnitz in the heart of the city center, it offers an innovative ambience for creative exchange and sustainable encounters. With the new Congress Center, C3 Chemnitzer Veranstaltungszentren GmbH expanded its portfolio with another venue. The company includes five event locations, including Stadthalle Chemnitz, Messe Chemnitz, Wasserschloß Klaffenbach, Stadion an der Gellertstraße and the Carlowitz Congresscenter Chemnitz.



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