Area X is located on the outskirts of the Oker floodplains in Wolfenbüttel. It is a floodable meadow, lined with poplars - at its center an old lamppost. Even from afar, the large gray object can be seen in the middle of the area directly under the light mast. The tree-like structure is almost four meters long. It is inspired by supporting structures that are automatically generated as a by-product in the 3D printing process. Artificial stone fragments are dotted throughout the area, appearing as if they were uncovered by the latest flooding.
The work deals with possible future relics, mixing the natural environment with artificial replications and look-alikes, creating a video game-esque atmosphere. Similar to open map video games, visitors can explore the landscape, discover hidden objects in the tall grass and try to make sense of the scenery they encounter.
The title of the work is a reference to the eponymous Area X from Jeff VanderMeer‘s "Southern Reach”-trilogy.: “Area X - a remote and lush terrain - has been cut off from the rest of the continent for de- cades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilisation.“