Safety Helmets


For the first edition of Emscherkunst in context of the Europeans capital of culture RUHR.2010 students of the Kunstakademie Münster (Munster Art Academy) realised the Golden Village at the city harbour Recklinghausen for 100 days. This village and its functioning village life accepted suggestion and absorbed signs of the industrial tradition, as well as their changes. The students lived in golden trailers and presented their sketches, designs, models, finished work, and projects to visitors and guests. The Golden Village offered opportunities for diverse encounters, a “no place” turned into an attractive and simultaneously communicative place which potential was made visible.

One of the projects of the village were the Schutzhelme (“Safety Helmets”) of the Korean artist Sujin Do. A bundle of one hundred safety helmets equipped with miner headlamps, attached to a fifty meter-long steel wire, was hanging over the village like a chandelier. Within the second edition of the exhibition in 2013 the installation was installed once more at the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (Landscape park Duisburg-North) and also at Emscherkunst 2016 Schutzhelme were presented again – this time thematically fitting at Kokerei Hansa, a former coking plant in Dortmund. The installtion has since been put back into storeage.