Games Are Open, The
Barbara Cole, Barbara Holub & Lorna Brown
A beautifully designed flip-book that chronicles the life cycle of a wood-and-earth “bulldozer”
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 a thousand sheets of wheatboard, the artwork gradually transitioned from sculpture to garden, its decomposition providing fodder for new growth. Designed as a hand-held flip-book that animates the project’s transformation over a four-year period, the book features more than 172 images taken by Vancouver-based photographer Hans Sipma. 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.