The dialogue between industrial culture and nature is one of the most fascinating artistic themes in the contemporary acquisition of our civilisation. A central emotional theme of current photography is nature, as it conquers the shut-down industrial site, transforms and newly defines it making it come alive with plants and animals.
In establishing the "Paradise" the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks has succeeded in making alive and liveable this special dialogue between nature and industrial culture to be seen in twelve garden spaces. The scenes which arise from a walk around it reinvent the term industrial culture.
Like a mysterious earthly Garden of Eden, the area between the coking plant and the Saar has remained untrod behind an impregnable wall for almost 25 years. Just as in paradise, animals and plants could thrive undisturbed in the shadow of the blast furnace group. With the help of landscape architect Catherine Gräfin Bernadotte this island of wilderness has been created into a painterly garden with no equal the world over.
This unique landscaped garden runs around and about the remaining parts of the former coking plant, the historical steel coal tower dating from 1897, the centrally located concrete coal tower, coke batteries four and seven and the huge water tank covering a garden area of, in total, 33000 m².
Over 1000 metres of newly laid paths and clearings provide totally new and exciting views on and in the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks. The twelve thematic garden spaces impart a variety of experiences of nature and its dialogue with industry culture. The views on the Völklingen Ironworks’ blast furnaces, the Saar and the old Coke batteries serve as orientation points. The gardens’ rich diversity, spans from quietude to lively energy. The run of the season drenches the Paradise in vibrant colour and pleasant smells.
The Paradise is open in parts also in the winter months.
Standard 15 €/ Reduced rate 13 € / Children and young people until 18 years, pupils and students until 27 years with student card: Admission free
Normal 15 € / Ermäßigt 13 € / Kinder, Jugendliche bis 18 Jahre sowie Schüler und Studenten bis 27 Jahre mit Ausweis: Eintritt frei
Tarif normal 15 € / Tarif réduit 13 € / Enfants et jeunes jusqu'à 18 ans élèves et étudiants jusqu'à 27 ans avec badge: entrée libre
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