Olaf Nicolai


We realized an impressive 16-metre-high sculpture made of highly polished stainless steel for the artist Olaf Nicolai. The planning and integration of the gas lighting system were characterized by technical complexity, whereby high demands were placed on the mirror polish of the metal.


Planning, sheet metal forming by hand, installation

Project manager

Frank Lohmann


Upper-West-Hochhaus; Berlin



© courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020 Image: Jonas Holthaus Photography

New light as a sensual sensation

The installation "Lesser" by Olaf Nicolai shows a detailed replica of a historical Berlin "Schinkel lantern" on a scale of 4:1. For the German artist, the development of the metropolis of Berlin is inextricably linked to the introduction of artificial light, night-time street lighting and illuminated advertising.

The title follows the surname of the artist Ury Lesser (1861-1931), who went down in the history of art and painting with his nocturnal depictions of Berlin, in which he staged the "new" light of the metropolis as a sensual sensation. Like a "normal" gas lantern, the sculpture shines in the evening and at night. At the same time, its extreme dimensions make it a kind of landmark, pointing to many things that are increasingly disappearing from the city districts.

© courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Image: Jonas Holthaus Photography

Probably the largest gas lantern in the world

We successfully implemented this 16-metre-high sculpture made of high-gloss stainless steel for the artist. The planning and integration of the gas lighting system were demanding, the mirror polishing of the metal was precisely implemented and the installation on the forecourt of the Upper West high-rise in Berlin was a real challenge. Such challenging projects are exactly to our taste!


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