In the interactive exhibition project "Hanging Gardens - A City Crown for Halle" Walter Gropius' impressive architectural design for the city of Halle was made tangible for the first time as a "walk-in" VR installation from September 2019 to January 2020. The exhibition was a great success and inspired many interested visitors. With your help we hope to reopen the exhibition from April 2020.
The exhibition provides an insight into what the Hanging Gardens, designed by the architect and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius (1883-1969) in 1927 as part of the competition for the so-called City Crown with City Hall, Museum and Sports Forum, would have looked like. Visitors can view the entire area in miniature via a graphic 3D interface, teleport from location to location or move freely in the digital model with the help of controllers. Several VR stations and a large-screen projection also offer insights. The exhibtion "Hanging Gardens - a city crown for Halle" thus enables visitors to experience the design in an impressive three-dimensional way using virtual reality technology. Particular attention is paid to the concept for the concert hall.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
We would like to reopen the exhibition on April 18th. In our exhibition, everyone has fun and can learn something: architects, historians and artists see their field of expertise in a new light, strollers are surprised by what is on offer and tech newcomers dive into the VR world for the first time. In the second period of the exhibition we would like to welcome even more interested people, also from outside of Halle. We would like to expand our work with school classes and students. Many young people are still waiting for the opportunity to immerse themselves into the vision of the great architect. In addition, we would like to continue to offer the augmented reality tours. During a tour of the original construction area (Lehmanns-Felsen), participants can experience what the "Hanging Gardens" would have looked like.
Why would you support this project?
With the rediscovery and digital realisation of Walter Gropius' plans, a piece of forgotten history of the city of Halle was uncovered. The modern visualization of the architect's plans enables a new and different way of experiencing history, architecture and art. Visitors are completely immersed in the design and can even forget their surroundings for a few minutes. Our exhibition supervisors recount again and again how much fun and joy this excursion brings to visitors. You can listen to a few voices in a short clip by TV Halle: http://www.tvhalle.de/mediathek/view/588127/22_01_2020_Haengende_Gaerten_abgeschlossen.html
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
We need your support for the financing of our exhibition supervisors. The virtual walk across the city crown is done through VR glasses. We have two set-ups, each of which is supervised by a staff member. The 1:1 support is indispensable for the project. Our employees navigate the visitors through the design, explain all details and can answer all questions.
Who are the people behind the project?
The exhibition was realised jointly by the Verein Volkspark Halle and the Multimedia|VR-Design and Multimedia Design study programs at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. Students and staff of the BURG from the department of Multimedia|VR-Design and Multimedia Design under the artistic direction of Prof. Bernd Hanisch are involved in the development, design and implementation of the interactive installations. The scientific management and project coordination is carried out by Dr. Christine Fuhrmann (Volkspark Halle e. V. ). The association Volkspark Halle e. V. was founded in 2004 by committed citizens with the aim of renovating the historically valuable ensemble of the Volkspark and to preserve it through permanent use. Since 2010 the association is owner of the Volkspark.