Heilsteine, Emerald 9 : 1, 2003
3 D scan of the original stone, computerized and ninefold enlarged, computer-operated 3-dimensional milled from two aluminium blocks
995, 2 x 109,7 mm
Photo © Charité Berlin

Heilsteine, Emerald 9 : 1, 2003
3 D scan of the original stone, computerized and ninefold enlarged, computer-operated 3-dimensional milled from two aluminium blocks
995, 2 x 109,7 mm
Photo © Charité Berlin

Celebration of the installation of the "Heilsteine"

2003 09 12
Solo Exhibition

Max-Planck-Institute for Infection Biology (MPI), Charité, Berlin
Berlin, Germany

The "Heilsteine" by Karin Sander as a permanent installation symbolize the function of the research of the Institute to infectious diseases. Karin Sander scanned an emerald into a computer and used the compiled data to mill two identical "replicas" out of two aluminium blocks which are ninefold larger than the original. Since the 12th century, and even today in alternative medicine, emeralds are believed to possess special healing powers, particularly in cases of rheumatism and infectious disease. Together with the enlargement of the sculpture and, hence, the enhancement of her visual properties, the artist underlines the goals of the Institute in terms of discovering the causes and the possibilities of alleviation from infectious and rheumatic diseases.