Leopold Kessler, Pawlatschen (2015)
A public jungle gym serves as the starting point for Leopold Kessler’s sculpture Pawlatschen. The artist takes the existing geodesic structure, originally designed for high stability in keeping with safety requirements for playground use, and extends it with a seemingly unstable and unsafe construction of scaffold bars and boards. With his brash addition – the term pawlatsche refers, among other things, to an open outdoor stairway – Leopold Kessler once more sets expected norms off-kilter.
Leopold Kessler (* 1976) is interested in the relationship between the individual and society, as well as how the dichotomy between personal development and the constraints of the community is resolved – or not resolved. In doing so, the artist directs his focus toward public spaces. Plazas, paths, street signs, or barriers are the targets of his interventions, through which he continually points out the gaps and holes in the systematic organization of the communal space.