Modular Variation | Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe | Berlin, Germany

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While obviously evoking feelings associated with the horrific acts that this memorial signifies, Peter Eisenman also shows a good example of modular variation in this piece. The singular rectangular shape that is repeated gives a simple arrayed pattern, but the variation comes in the height that the shape is extruded from the ground plane.

While the extrusions create an organic rolling landscape, the actual ground below moves in a similar motion. This was done to create an anxious, nervous, and almost scary environment in parts of the exhibit.


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