A group of self-proclaimed visionaries and artists, including Miami-based artist Agustina Woodgate and Spinello Projects director Anthony Spinello, want to raise enough money to revive a long-abandoned theme park “sleeping” amid a forest in East Berlin.
Originally called Kulturpark Plänterwald, the park was built in 1969 by the German Democratic Republic and “was a rare site for Soviet amusement and attraction,” according to Kulturpark, the group that wants to bring the park back to life. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the park passed into private ownership and, then, in 2001, it closed down. Today the park is a surreal land of life-size dinosaurs, overturned in weed-choked clearings, and rusty bridges robbed of their former whimsy. A 40-meter-high Ferris wheel stands motionless among the the trees.
For years now, Kulturpark has been exploring the ruins of the abandoned park, which, since closing, has become an illicit haunt for daring Berliners. During the month of June, the group intends to host “a creative investigation of this jungle of recent ruins that will embrace histories, illuminate presences, and imagine cultural futures.” The investigation will include lectures, workshops, and a “Creative Camp” to produce site-specific works inside the park. “The Kulturpark project will activate this magical site as a place for creative exchange, site-specific art, urban design, historic memory, social connection, and public imagination.”
Funding permitting, the plan is to re-open the park for public enjoyment from June 28 to July 1 to raise awareness of its significance in the Berlin urban landscape. To learn more about the project, watch the video and visit Kulturpark’s Kickstarter page.