Giant Rock Sculpture Offers A Hangout Spot In The Middle Of The City

Giant Rock Sculpture Offers A Hangout Spot In The Middle Of The City

Self-sustainable art project gives people a place to charge their phones.

Ross Brooks
  • 25 march 2014

In an effort to reinvigorate some public space in the German city of Dortmund, four artists have come with a completely self-sustainable sculpture that offers people a place to relax and charge their electrical devices. It looks just like a rock, and apart from being a unique place to hang out, the hope is that it will spark more conversations about renewable energy across the country.

The sculpture is called “Stein mit Vollausstattung,” which translates as “rock with full equipment.” As pointed out by FastCoExist‘s Sydney Brownstone, it’s also a word used to describe all the features of a new car – which pokes fun at all the additional features present in this particular lump of concrete.


Stein has been placed in the middle of a wind corridor within the city, which makes it a perfect candidate for a wind turbine. Add to that, a couple of solar panels, and you have a completely self-sustainable rock. The sculpture will also come equipped with lockers where people can leave their devices to charge while they go out and explore the city on foot.

“[Stein is] looking at the different possibilities of having green energies within the border of a city, and not just on the mountains where no one is,” says Stian Ådlandsvik, one of the artists involved. “It’s shaking up structures within this, and doing something a lot of people deemed impossible within city boundaries.”

While most sustainable energy initiatives makes sense all on their own, this is a great example of adding a twist to something otherwise ordinary, which in turn makes people more willing to investigate and experience something for themselves.

If you skip to 1:10 in the video below, you can see the built-in lockers being used.

Stein mit Vollausstattung

Source: FastCoExist


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