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Katakomben (catacombs) below the Peter-Behrens-Hall in Berlin-Wedding.

It is the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (long night of sciences) anno 2007.

Those who are thirsty for education are swarming, individually and in groups, through the hallowed halls of science .

Not a few are reaching the catacombs gigantic historical hall by wandering about.

It is dark and smells of hydraulic oil.

Red fluorescent strips are showing the way through the hallways as if by accident.

While walking the thirsting for education seem to startle hidden creatures. Here and there is cheeping and grunting, screeching and rumbling about. In the distance beats a muffled pulse.

Shapes suddenly appear in a secondary corridor. It seems to be extraterrestrial creatures. Slim fog-shaped bodies, red-blue shimmering.

The brave turns to the creature. 

Halfway there, the brave realizes that not strangers are approaching through the hallway but the copy of his own warmth.


Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Berlin 2007

colleagues involved

TU Berlin
Institut für Bauingenieurwesen - Massivbau
Wilfried Walkowiak