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Poppy/ baking and building

Berlin 1987-89

Since 1987 I have been interested in the architectural measures of the NS regime in Berlin, particularly in the plans to redesign the city to the capital city “Germania”. The focal point of planning was the so-called ‘Große Halle (Grand Hall)’, a gigantic domed structure to which access and parade avenues in the shape of an axis were to lead. On a decoration suggestion for a festively laden table from a 1930s cookbook I saw structurally the same: the central ‘sculpture’ of a ring-shaped pound cake from which decorative ribbons ran axially to the corners of the table at the ends of which small crowns were fastened. To me, this scene appeared as the copy of Albert Speer’s architectural model.