“Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain” is the title of a huge walkable sculpture in Duisburg, Germany. It was designed by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth and was constructed in the course of the project Ruhr.2010 – European Capital Of Culture.
In this region of Germany – the Ruhrgebiet – and especially in Duisburg many mining and steel production sites are situated. In the 1990s the number of those production sites decreased drastically and people had to be creative in managing the structural change from an industrially dominated region to a tertiary dominated.
So you can find a lot of projects like Tiger and Turtle in the Ruhrgebiet, which try to reuse industrial brownfield areas and are developed as a reminiscence of the historical usage.
The history of those industrial days is perceived as a cultural asset which has to be honored.
The sculpture was constructed on a former clinker dump of a Zinc Smelting plant and is a landmark which is formed like a big roller coaster. If you travel to this well worth seeing point of interest, you are able to enter the sculpture and walk around on it.
All in all it is about 20 meters high and it refers to the historical location because it was constructed with galvanized steel. When you arrive after sunset, you will see, that the landmark is illuminated and creates an outstanding atmosphere.