Ballenernte

Michael Beutler

30 Jun — 10 Oct 14

Kunstareal München

On the lawn in front of the Alte Pinakothek lie two huge, colorful bales of straw.

Throughout the summer of 2014, the colored balls were a connecting sign and visual thread in the Munich art area. © Foto: Sabine Reitmaier

In the summer of 2014, the artist Michael Beutler wrapped bales of colorful drinking straws with Munich “harvest workers” as part of the “Bale Harvest” project in the Kunstareal.

Bale harvest at Kunstareal

Five million stalks of different colors were laid out and pressed into bales. Each meadow in the art area was given an individually colored bale formation, which was worked out together with the helpers.

Throughout the summer, the bales were a connecting sign and visual thread in the Munich Kunstareal: the colorful bales lay around the Pinakotheken, on the lawn in front of the State Museum of Egyptian Art and the University of Television and Film, behind the Glyptothek and on Königsplatz scattered according to rural models. The people of Munich took them to their hearts – for chilling, resting or for an afternoon nap. They went around the world with selfies.

After three months, the harvest was brought in and piled up in a large ball castle as a framework for a joint harvest festival.

Ort

Kunstareal München

80333 München