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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022
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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022
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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022
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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022, detail
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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022, detail
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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022, detail
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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022, construction
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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022, construction
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«Victory Spikes», Siegestor, Munich, 2022, construction
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«Piss on Earth», Studioarbeit zu Victory Spikes, 2022, Taube, präpariert
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«Selbstversuch 3», Studioarbeit zu Victory Spikes, 2022, Fotografie auf Barytpapier, aus einer Serie von drei Motiven, 40 x 30 cm

Victory Spikes

Victory Gate (Siegestor) Munich,
September 20 until November 19, 2022

Victory Spikes addresses the ongoing international discourse regarding historical monuments and the debate over demolishing controversial structures.

Making a case for not effacing the past, Victory Spikes comments on new ways to update a monument’s historical relevance – with the aim to revitalize Munich’s ambivalent Victory Gate (Siegestor). The monument was originally constructed between 1843–1850 as a war memorial dedicated to the Bavarian army, and after the Second World War, it was repurposed as a shrine for peace. 

In Victory Spikes, the top of the monument is covered with spikes. Although the spikes that are commonly used to repel pigeons are approximately10 centimeters long, the spikes used in this installation are scaled-up, measuring 3.5 meters.

By greatly increasing the size of the spikes – viewers are encouraged to imagine a gigantic dove, the quintessential symbol of peace. What is deliberately left open is the question whether the scaled-up spike defence against an oversized dove alludes to the almost forgotten peace movement of our time – or to a sabre-rattling and general military build-up.

Victory Spikes is part of the Past Statements Program, in conjunction with Public Art Munich and the Institute of Local History and Remembrance Culture at Munich’s Department of Arts and Culture.