Beutler translated the principle of the pagoda – a building with a square floor plan and a round hemisphere, crowned by many eaves or roofs – into a tower of various garden sheds, which, like the gardens, symbolize the various architectural styles around the world.
Made of sheet aluminum on site, the pagoda tells the story of the process of its creation, one which is deliberately manual. Beutler chose a strength of the hardened aluminum that is also used in aircraft construction, which meant that he could cut it with a simple cutter and then use squarewood to make it into quadrangular struts, which he then used to stack and insert into different forms. Because the material is wrapped around the wood in several layers, their diameters and volumes differ slightly, and the pagoda looks like something artificially produced yet naturally evolved. It shines in the light and embodies the principle of serenity that is also attributed to the classical pagoda which is meant to be a visualization of the cyclical world view of Buddhism.
born in Oldenburg in 1976
lives in Berlin