Hamburg artist Florian Borkenhagen created this one-of-kind collage in preparation for his 2010 Miami Babel installation, commissioned by Gabrielle Ammann of ammann//gallery for Design Miami/ Basel. Donated courtesy of ammann//gallery, the collage measures 30 x 42 cm and has been signed this year by the artist expressly for this fundraising initiative.
Borkenhagen’s Miami Babel reinterprets the enduring cultural archetype of the Tower of Babel. Towers represent hubris and limitations, while also reflecting the will to gain spirituality and superstructure.
Borkenhagen’s work straddles the line between art and design. His sculptures are frequently interactive, while his furniture and interior designs often possess a sculptural character. During the final year of his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, he worked for film producers Gebhardt in their set design and accessories department. In 1988, he established a studio for furniture and object design in Paris after a stint in Rome, where he worked as a furniture designer and set designer.
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