The Games Are Open – Book Publication

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in Publications

image of the games are open larger than life bull dozer

The Games Are Open

Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser

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Photographs by Hans Sipma and Barbara Cole.
Texts by Barbara Holub and Barbara Cole.
Edited by Lorna Brown.
Designed by Mark Timmings.
Printed by Hemlock Printers.
Softcover, flipbook. 30mm x 51mm x 7mm, 287 pages.
Full colour.
ISBN 978-0-9866819-4-3

The Games are Open by the Berlin-based artist team of Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser used materials recycled from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Athletes’ Village to create a sculpture in the form of a larger-than-life bulldozer. Constructed from 1,000 sheets of wheatboard, the artwork gradually transitioned from sculpture to garden, it’s decomposition providing fodder for new growth. The Games are Open publication is designed as a hand-held flipbook, which animates the project’s transformation over a four-year period. The book features over 140 images taken by Vancouver-based photographer Hans Sipma, who passed by the sculpture each day on his bicycle commute to work. Interspersed on facing pages, curator Barbara Cole traces the project’s remarkable series of co-options, interventions and adoptions through an annotated chronology. Back pages feature a text by Barbara Holub, a Vienna-based artist, educator and writer whose transdisciplinary practice moves between art, urbanism, architecture and theory.

Photographs by Hans Sipma and Barbara Cole. Texts by Barbara Holub and Barbara Cole. Edited by Lorna Brown.

Other Sights gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and private donors for this publication.

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