Art-in-Architecture at a residential building, Berlin Wedding 2009

LAUFSCHRIFT (Berliner Alphabet)

Red paint on wall, acrylic glass, prints, 500 x 300cm

The alphabet was created for a residential building in the Wedding neighbourhood of Berlin. The building functions as starting, ending and crossing point of the daily walks taken by its inhabitants. In August 2009, Bignia Wehrli collected 26 daily walks of 26 inhabitants and transformed them into a local alphabet: each letter records one inhabitant's walk through Berlin. With the new alphabet, she wrote the family names of the people currently living in the building on the building’s entrance wall. The alphabet frieze underneath helps to decipher the writing: it shows each letter/walk traced on a map of Berlin, and the diary accounts of the protagonists.