Jan Svenungsson

"Der Schlüssel zum Code":

is the title of JS' large scale sculpture installation in and around the new building for Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte (BfArM), in Bonn, Germany. The client is the German State, through the Staatliche Bauamt II, in Cologne.

Along with seven other artists (among them Anthony Gormley, Maurizio Cattelan, Carsten Höller) JS was invited to compete for this large commission in late July, 2000. The jury made its choice on October 10, and half the project (including the "Hauptskulptur") was in place in April 2001. The final parts of the installation were installed in late November 2001.

JS' project address questions of coding and code-breaking, and employs towers and stacks of three-dimensional letters made in glass fiber, stone and bronze. The main sculpture - the "Hauptskulptur" - is installed in the entry hall of the building and five "satellites" are installed outside the building.

"Der Schlüssel zum Code" was selected for inclusion in Kunst am Bau – Projekte des Bundes 2000-2006, a survey of public art in Germany: text by Martin Seidel.