Old Power Station Returns as Functioning Art
For over 60 years a power station in Luckenwalde, Germany produced and supplied coal-powered energy to its city and beyond. Under extreme political upheaval, after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, E-WERK ceased producing power and closed. Now, nearly 30 years since the plant’s closing it is coming back to life. This time, however, instead of coal, E-WERK Luckenwalde will be powered by spruce pine woodchips provided by the leftovers from a wooden cable drum factory nearby. Besides becoming carbon neutral, it will be simultaneously turned into an art center, presenting a dynamic contemporary art program of commissions, exhibitions, performances and events.
As a functioning sculpture, multipurpose tool and dynamic site of production, E-WERK Luckenwalde plans on producing new forms of energy. It will open on September 14, 2019 with a quarter of the station turned on in its first month, starting with 40 kilowatts an hour (enough to power 200 homes) then gradually increase production. The initial art exhibition will bring 11 international artists together to reflect on the utopian possibilities of energy and run through March of 2020.