Imagine you’re at an airport heading to your plane. Now remove the busses, the piles of luggage and the big planes. Leave kites instead, asphalt surfers and 1001 types of bikes. Now speed up on your bike directly on the middle of the former landing runway.
The former Tempelhof airport was reopened as a park in 2010. One gets the feeling now of being surrounded by sky and the horizon reminds me of the sea. I worked for an interdisciplinary project for one summer directly on one of the landing runways: 4 or 75 – everybody is fascinated by it.
Some people come here to run with closed eyes. Marina is nostalgic about the time when the place had an in-between status, with just a few small planes and a few foxes at night. Adler flies here with her bike as often as possible. Ingrid comes by with her beautiful Akita. And Roland contemplates how people need to protest no matter what the stand is.
The place is a playground of projects. Christian started a small garden for conversations and Tarik & Martin dream to construct a big ship here. Christian came here to listen to what an airport without planes sounds like. And Dorothee came to see what the wild plants are doing. And all of a sudden Gunther shows up with his bagpipe and drummers for a rehearsal. Are we in Alice in Wonderland? But Cordula, the security guard, lets us know that this is her playground. The place is loved.