Art in Architecture

Uplifting Environments Through Art


Famous Dusseldorf based artist, Horst Glasker, has been creating colorful public art installations since 1979.  The purpose of his public art works is to bring art to every day life – to free artistic interaction from the restrictions of the walls around art galleries and museums, and bring it directly to the public.

“My works originate in everyday life, in front of everybody’s eyes.  They are not hidden from view behind the walls of galleries and museums.”

Glasker has brought his vision of Art in Architecture to life in a tremendous array of methods from columns, windmills, stairwells and marketplace courtyards, to murals, mosaics, sculptures and fountains.

“I realize my art in the most diverse places: prison, church, hospital, university, job center, bank and shopping mall.  In my designs, I always respond to the situation at hand, the place, the architecture and their users…What I want to do with my art is make the rooms and spaces in which we live and move come alive, make them affect our senses, and create an affirmative, encouraging atmosphere.”


This piece is the “Church room for men” built for Gelsenkirchen-Feldmark prison.  The work won 1st Prize (overall design) in the Art Competition of North Rhine-Westphalia, Building and Housing Ministry, 1998.


Similar to, but distinctive from the “Church room for men”, is the “Church room for women”.  This installation was also provided for Gelsenkirchen-Feldmark prison, and a part of the recognition for1st Prize (overall design) in the Art Competition of North Rhine-Westphalia, Building and Housing Ministry, 1998.


This piece, “Großes Sphärenbild” (Large Spheres) gives a seemingly galactic element to the Darmstadt PTZ (Postal Engineering Central Office) 1988-90.


Using Acrylic paint, Glasker created “Lifeline” for the Employment center in Magdeburg, 2001.


Appropriately named, “Tutti i Colori” (All the colors), Horst created this colorful work for the Darmstadt PTZ (Postal Engineering Central Office) foyer 2.5×16 m in 1988/89.


Glasker placed the lustrous tile fountain installation, “Heaven’s Waters” at the base of an escalator in a shopping center in Erfurt, 2000.


Heaven’s Waters employs individually painted tiles to create an entrancing play of color beneath the fountain.


Glasker’s work “Der Tag” (Day) Column in Centro Oberhausen has sides for day and night and measures 12m in height, 1996.


This amazing installation is a wall and fountain mosaic that Horst created for the Landeszentralbank, Frankfurt, 1984 – 1988.


Glasker’s mosaic uses brilliantly colored fan shapes that allude to Eastern influences and elegance.


Each fan contains its own color scheme and image.  Here one can see the edge of colored flames on the right, simply stunning flowers in the center, and what appears to be an Egyptian character within the fan on the left.


Here is an exciting acrylic blue fan of multi-colored lightning bolts.


This piece presents mythical creatures and sea creatures seemingly drawn with neon lines on a dark background.


Glasker’s “Kuppel der Faces” (Dome with Faces) is an elaborate paper cut-out illuminated by a “Dome light” in the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren “Paper Art”, International Biennial of Paper Art, 1994.