Circular is a site-specific installation at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB.
It embodies a diverse and biobased economy (bioeconomy) – a system that strives for sustainability and circularity – by displaying different facets of scientific research in this field. As a central element, Circular is located in the institute's atrium in Stuttgart.
IGB researches bio-based materials made from renewable materials rather than fossil fuels, which are characterized by a high recyclability and thus allow efficient and versatile applications. As part of the project Look@BioEconomy, this cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute enabled a head-on exchange of art and science.
16 panes carry different materials that are currently being researched at the IGB. These hanging objects provide a tangible optical insight into the current state of research. They are mounted vertically, interconnected by wires, allowing them to be thought of as continuous paths. The installation thus refers to the dynamic and ever developing nature of the bioeconomy. Circular gives shape to this ongoing process and the work of scientists at the institute.
The construction aesthetically references the institute building itself, its laboratories and technical equipment. Brightly reflective metal and transparent glass make the installation appear effortless while Circular's detached position offers various spatial perspectives. As an intrinsic part of the stairwell, the installation sends impulses for open science communication.