Artists Frank Bayh and Steff Rosenberger-Ochs captured these fascinating images of a German tent city erected as a protest against Stuttgart 21—a controversial 4.1 billion Euro railway and urban development project slated to be the largest in Europe. The mesmerizing collection of images documents the protestors' temporary structures, improvised from a variety of found materials and placed at the location of the future development.
Entitled “The development of new urban districts in the heart of the city,” this award-winning photographic series reveals how protestors built a barrier to construction works on the project’s site using a melee of recycled materials such as plastic chairs, shipping pallets, tents, umbrellas, tarps and other found objects. Today the tents are long-gone, but this insightful photographic documentation immortalizes the protestors’ dissent – a continuous reminder of the power of collective action.
The series placed third in the Architecture category at Sony World Photography Awards 2011 and first in the Oceans series category at ‘Photo Annual Awards 2011. It was also exhibited as part of the BFF Licht_Bild_Welt 2011 and Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie 2012 exhibitions. Each tent demonstrates an individual creativity and flair that contributes to the communal goal: derailing Stuttgart 21.