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Hans Peter Kuhn


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Long lightlines are installed in a semi-chaotic way piercing through the building. The building itself is a box, very simple, straight minimalistic architecture and the artwork creates an unexpected counterpart. - Hans Peter Kuhn

Acupuncture, an imaginative light sculpture by German artist Hans Peter Kuhn, appears to “pierce” the roof and south-facing side of the Mattress Factory's 500 Sampsonia Way building. The installation is composed of what Kuhn calls “light sticks.” Attached to metal scaffolding, the “sticks” cut through the top floor of the building, coming out of the roof, then cutting back through the staircase tower.

Kuhn was intrigued by the old Stearns & Foster warehouse, now a museum, and its plain, shoebox-like footprint in a compact neighborhood. From an intuitive response to the structure, Kuhn designed Acupuncture to disrupt the outside of this non-descript building. The installation's size and configuration make the piece visible from all angles throughout the neighborhood and the city.

Acupuncture was made possible by the generous support of the Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund; an Anonymous Donor; The Buhl Foundation; The Charm Bracelet Project, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation; the Mattress Factory Board of Directors; People’s Natural Gas; A G Foundation; The David Bermant Foundation; CentiMark Corporation; CONSOL Energy, Inc; and the Schwab Charitable Fund. With gratitude to William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh; Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive; State Representative Dom Costa; and State Senator Wayne D. Fontana.





500 Sampsonia, Rooftop


Rooftop installation, illuminated after dark

About The Artist

Hans Peter Kuhn (German, b. 1952) is a Berlin-based artist and composer who creates large-scale, site-specific light and sound environments for public spaces, museums, theater, and dance. Kuhn’s work has been exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA PS1, New York; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Venice Biennale; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; ICA, London; and Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among many others. Kuhn was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennal for Memory/Loss, his collaborative installation with theater director and playwright Robert Wilson.


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