Summary

Few will be acquainted with the mammoth, inert and indestructable concrete thing (for lack of a better word) weighing 12,650,000 kilograms and located in Berlin’s Schöneberg district, despite it being registered as a historical landmark since 1995. Susanne Kriemann’s ’12 650 000′ (2005-2008) addresses this ‘Schwerbelastungskoerper’ (heavy-load-testing structure) built in 1941 as part of Albert Speer’s plan for Berlin as ‘World Capital Germania’ and in order to assess the weight-bearing capacity of the city’s sandy ground.

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