Rossella Biscotti has conceived a sculptural intervention for the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, which arose in direct engagement with the place, the space and the visitors. A shirt, blue pants, blue jeans and a towel are just some of the used textiles that have been collected in over months in Sankt Peter, and form the basis for the sculptures. This material was partly cast in the studio, partly on site, to 24 geometrically abstract concrete sculptures.
On the seemingly smooth and hard surfaces of the spheres, cubes and cuboids, fragments of the material, bumps and cracks are revealed, which hint at a sealed past and the fragility of the concrete construction. The textiles testify to the memories and experiences of their previous owners – sacral pieces of their former liturgical use, a rain jacket reminiscent of “wind, sun, sea and stars”, gymnastics and sports clothing at club times and competitions. The clothing donations reveal histories in their attached notes. Even pieces that belonged to deceased family members find a new context in the geometric sculptures.
In this way, the artist addresses the history of the place and its people, as well as very elementary questions. The visible and the non-visible sometimes enter into close connections. In the archaeological history of Cologne, this becomes clear: the city today is built on numerous layers of earlier architectures – some more, some less visible. This also applies to Sankt Peter, where there are almost historical tombs under today’s floor. Although historical testimonies are often hidden, they are also sealed and preserved.