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Gravel Plant, Günzburg, Germany

Bernd and Hilla Becher German

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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bernd and Hilla Becher completed a thorough documentation of the many gravel plants in and near Günzburg, a small city on the Danube River in Bavaria. This oddly shaped yet functional building was used as a stone breaker to produce gravel, the still-lucrative industrial material required for making roads and high-quality concrete. The asymmetrical facade delights the eye, recalling the Bechers’ frequently stated agenda: “We were fascinated above all by the shape of technical architecture, and hardly by its history.”

Gravel Plant, Günzburg, Germany, Bernd and Hilla Becher (German, active 1959–2007), Gelatin silver print

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