Smout Allen

Daniel Felgendreher - Shooting Legacies

Since gunfire is the most significant means of lead deposition in the environment in Switzerland, all shooting ranges of the country are listed as contaminated sites. 'Shooting legacies' deals with both the socio-cultural legacy of Swiss shooting traditions, as an anachronistic element of 'Swissness', and its toxic materialisation. Assuming a post-military time, the obsolete garrison of Thun is redeveloped into a recycling site for the contaminated soil of 6000 abandoned Swiss shooting ranges. By proposing a soil phytoremediation landscape and an 'exhibtionary architecture', the project spatially mediates the ecology of Swiss cultural idiosyncrasies and environmental degradation to the public.