Innenhafen Duisburg – Altstadtpark "Garten der Erinnerung" (Garden of Remembrance)



Visitors to the Garden of Memories are shown the former uses of this part of the inner harbour. The remains of post-war buildings are used as look-out towers or as stages for events. The transformation of the remains of the buildings into integral elements of the park is symbolised in particular by the planting of pine trees on towers and of locust trees in the floor space between the construction framework of the Ludwigforum.

Concrete walls made of white marble trace the old lines of the layout of the buildings and halls, providing a framework around the various areas. The past use of the areas is illustrated by various compositions of vegetation. The harbour’s function as a site for handling grain, as the “bread basket of the Ruhr area”, is symbolised by three fields planted with crops and sunflowers in front of the Ludwigforum.

White waves of concrete form the borders of the grass waves in front of the harbour basin, inviting visitors to go in-line skating, ride BMX bikes or simply have fun, a use intended for them by Land Art artist Dani Karavan.

Designed by Israeli architect Zvi Hecker in the form of a fan, the Jewish Community Centre opens out onto the park. The lines resulting from the slabs which form the walls are taken up again outside the building and continued down to the harbour basin in the form of a narrow channel.

The main axis of the park consists of a patchwork of varying types of paving and materials used in the buildings which once stood here. Memories of the period when the harbour was in use are preserved.

Trees are planted in an unusually few number of locations for a park and relate to the areas around them as solitary features or as groups. The shape, size and colour of the foliage were developed sculpturally from the spatial and functional context.

The “debris sculpture” hill made of various materials from demolished buildings was created in a layering process as a special sculptural area in front of the senior citizens’ residence. A mixture of grasses and herbs has been planted here in advance of the natural greening which occurs through wild vegetation.

At dusk, the “garden sculpture” is transformed into a successful light installation by light designers Belzner and Hofmann. The main architectonic elements of the parks are highlighted, making it a distinctive place.