A SPATIAL TYPOGRAPHIC INSTALLATION
»verschwimmt.« is a typographic installation that was on public display in the historic Lessingbad, a former public indoor swimming pool, in the city of Kiel.
The project focuses on the absence of the former establishment as a public pool.
With the help of large sized and perspectively deformed letters the empty basin, the silent tiles and walls are being enriched with shreds and pieces of memories, perceptions and stories of the former use of this place.
The visitor is invited to discover and decipher the hidden texts by moving through the empty hall. By finding the precisely defined points of view the deformed perspective of the letters seems to magically disappear. Not only is this an invitation to explore the whole space from all sides and angles but also to reflect and combine one’s own memories of what it feels like to be in a swimming pool and what this place might have been like years ago.
From a design point of view this was an interesting experiment to examine the relationship between typography and space. What happens to a text when it is complemented with a three-dimensional spatial layer? What is space and what is surface? How does movement and fixation relate to each other?