Subterranean Rural City Art Installation

Subterranean Rural City Art Installation

German artist EVOL recently completed an interesting interactive installation just outside of Hamburg, Germany for the MS Dockville music and art festival. The ‘Rural City’ is comprised of thin trenches about 1.5 meters deep in an ‘X’ shape that were dug out over the course of 8 days. Earth is held back with retaining boards made of Eternit and spray painted to resemble the facades of skyscrapers. More photos after the break.

The experience is reminiscent of a Godzilla movie as one passes through the trenches, reversing the typical experience one is subjected to in the urban canyons of major cities. It will be interesting to see if this catches on at an even larger scale.

Visit EVOL’s Flickr page to see detailed photos of the construction process. If you really enjoyed this installation be sure to check out his other work of similar nature here – it’s amazing!


Photographs: evoldaily References:,, EVOL

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Cite: Tim Winstanley. "Subterranean Rural City Art Installation" 20 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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