born in Halle/Saale in 1941, lives in Berlin
The lack of imagination that was often evident in the living environments in the former GDR was both a chance and an opportunity for my colleagues and I to create play offers which would meet the creativity and curiosity of the children and youths. Wood was the ideal material in this context and represented a contrast to the grey concrete of the entire housing development and their standardised metal constructions of see-saws, swings and climbing frames. In the 70s, the KindUmwelt work group of the artist’s association began to increasingly take over the leadership responsible for concepts and projects for playground offers in public spaces as well as the children’s wards of hospitals and institutions for people with disabilities.
I was able to make contact with the Richter company as early as 1988 while attending an international specialist event; a fruitful cooperation based on the principles of mutual values developed from this meeting during the period following German reunification.