In a project for the federal horticulture show (BuGa) 2023, the German Stonemasons’ Association showed examples of upcycling stone
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In a competition for the federal horticulture show (BuGa) 2023 in the city of Mannheim, the German stonemasons’ association BIV brought together sustainability and creativity as characteristics of the material and the profession: the task was to give gravestones a new lease on life and let them tell stories through their design. “Old Stones – New Soul“ was the title of the competition. The idea was not simply to subject the valuable natural material to downcycling, e.g., to turn it into gravel, but to give it a new life with a new appearance and a new function.
We show below the winning works from the creative competition.
The association also hosted a competition for model gravesites. A total of 60 grave sites were displayed on a special section of the garden show grounds, including 16 single, 19 urns, 19 double, and 5 flowing grave designs. A jury awarded 11 gold, 24 silver, and 15 bronze medals.
“Visitors are invited to take time to look at the designs at their leisure and let their thoughts and feelings flow,“ the association writes about the show, which can be visited until October 08, 2023. “Even without an immediate need for a headstone or a current bereavement, this section of the exhibit is a place of positive vitality and beauty. The model graves sit picturesquely and present themselves to the public.“
In addition to the objects from the creative competition and the sample graves, the association displayed its pavilion idea titled “CUBO meeting place“(CUBO Begegnungen). This involves burial, farewell, and mourning spaces for a cemetery that can also be used elsewhere as a meeting place, memorial island, or event venue. The open space is framed by a metal frame and natural stone stelae. The standard dimensions are 3 x 3 m floor space and 2.5 m in height. Various designs are possible. At the bottom is a picture of it.
Gravestone competitions (German)
CUBO meetings (German)
Second prize: Stonemason and designer Katja Stelljes learned about stories from the city of Bremen in connection with a gravestone. She reworked the gravestone into a bowl and made it into “The Bremen Christmas Bowl.“
Astrid Hilt (Bildhauerei Formenpark) turns gravestones into garden furniture. She deliberately preserves the traces of previous use, such as inscriptions or polishes, but also deals with them creatively.
Lindner GmbH: “Stripes Five”: 5 former gravestone slabs are superimposed to form a new bench. Shadow gaps separate them. The screw connections allow the individual parts to be twisted, turning the whole into a sculpture. LED lights can be milled into the joints.
(21.08.2023, USA: 08.21.2023)