‘Teufelsberg Field Station Berlin 1963-2013’ is constructed from Lego by sculptor Brendan Jamison. Teufelsberg is German for ‘Devil’s Mountain’ and is a hill in Berlin that rises eighty meters above the Brandenburg plain. The hill, just like Jamison’s piece is manmade, while Jamison’s is from bright plastic blocks, the Devil’s Mountain was created from the rubble of Berlin following the Second World War. Jamison’s structure is of a cross-section of the Cold War spy station known as Teufelsberg Field Station. Built on the mound in 1963, it was shared between British and American Intelligence Services until its decommission in 1991. The positioning of its radomes on this mound permitted unparalleled surveillance of Communist East Germany on the opposite side of the Berlin Wall. The five white radomes installed were so powerful that conversations could be listened to from over 300 kilometers away, making it the most famous listening station in the world of espionage.
Jamison’s sculpture translates a structure of massive invasive capability into a bright miniature that is small enough to be handled by a child. With intrusion and eavesdropping no longer a threat, the feat of engineering and design that generated Teufelsberg Field Station’s success can be marvelled at. Furthermore, its representation in cross section form is a fitting unmasking of this prying, yet hidden station.
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