A protective wall of approximately 1,500 sandbags in front of the Kunsthalle, realised in 1993 on the occasion of the exhibition “Kunst im Weltmaßstab” (Art on a World Scale) at Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany, as a Thomas Bauer project (Thorsten Goldberg and Wieland Bauder).
A protective wall of approximately 1,500 sandbags was built up in 2 m-high sections on either side of the steps leading up to Kunsthalle zu Kiel and supplemented with an LED display board in the entrance area that bore the latest international news. Sandbags are used for cover in military operations or for protection against flooding. Sandbags piled up imply impending danger, a possible emergency situation against which it is necessary to be protected by some form of wall. They arouse a feeling of uncertainty. To enter the gallery, it is necessary to pass through this rather threatening entrance, made narrower by the sandbags. The gallery has not been affected by the trappings of war since the Second World War. The sandbags are not a sign of imminent danger. The walls at this home of art address a different system of references. International sculpture places the sandbags in a global context via the LED board above the till area in the gallery being supplied with the latest international news (reports from the newspaper Kieler Nachrichten). At the same time, the work tackles questions such as the extent to which daily reports of crisis situations have a threatening effect on our lives, how we should deal with the presence of news from around the world and the extent to which protection against the rampant flow of information is necessary. A memorial is erected to warzones and natural disasters of the world in which sandbags are used.