In an effort to show contradictions between “two conflicting ideas”, sculpturist Dietrich Wegner created this twenty-foot-tall playhouse which poses as an atomic mushroom cloud using Poly-fil, rope, wood and steel:
When an image stands in limbo, between associations, it occupies a flexible place in our mind. Wegner creates images that are safe and unsettling, abject and beautiful…The ephemeral beauty of a mushroom cloud is frightening, how it floats for a minute, delicate and blooming, yet remains chaotic and utterly destructive. We experience a contradiction between what our eyes enjoy and what our mind knows.
Although this is the artistic explanation which will help intellectuals appreciate the work, most people will be won over simply by hearing the words “mushroom cloud playhouse… MUSHROOM CLOUD PLAYHOUSE!”