Daily Dose: Peter Eisenman Wins Wolf Prize

Add to TwitterPeter Eisenman is one of two recipients of the 2010 Wolf Prize, awarded (this year) for architectural achievements. The prize is bestowed annually in the arts – a rotation between the disciplines of architecture, music, painting and sculpture. Eisenman is being honored for his conception and design of the Holocaust Memorial located in Berlin, Germany.

Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany; Image ©iStockPhoto.com, Adrian Hoppe

Path through Holocaust memorial; Image ©iStockPhoto.com, Martin Ragg

2,711 rectangular stones, each of unique dimensions, populate the sloping ground between East and West Berlin. Bearing no inscriptions or adornment, these blocks take on the somber appearance of tombstones or coffins. Eisenman allowed for paths to wind through the blocks, recreating some of the disorientation and fear that the imprisoned Jews felt during their horrific experiences in Nazi concentration camps. Critics of Eisenman’s architectural tribute say that his approach is too abstract to convey his desired message of respect and homage, but I suspect that wandering through this maze of monuments would indeed be a sobering and chilling experience.

Individual blocks in Eisenman's Holocaust memorial; Image ©iStockPhoto.com, Jon Helgason

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  1. […] M.Arch from Washington University, St. Louis in 1979 and did a design internship with Aldo Rossi at Peter Eisenman‘s Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Manhattan. It wasn’t until his […]

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