The so-called double rod mat fences is a uniformly standardized structure throughout Central Europe. They usually demarcate the line between public and private spaces or divide private space into different sized units. A double rod mat fence with a height of 60 cm can represent a symbolic delimitation, while from a height of 200 cm, it becomes a strenuous barrier. The five cm linear distance between its vertical bars makes it difficult to scale with shoes, while the horizontal bars attached at a distance of 20 cm give the fence the necessary stability. Anyone who has ever tried to climb such a fence knows what physical skills are required.
A missing bar creates a gap in the seemingly endless grid of the perimeter. The hole is an indexical sign whose meaning consists of the temporary presence of its producer. The horizontal bar at the bottom of the gap can become a rung, making it easier to cross over. Cutting out a piece of the bar can be perceived as a destructive gesture. However, it can also be meant and understood constructively.
acknowledgement: Anna Boldt, Nils Altland, Max Brück, Kitty Kraus, Malte Möller, Dr. Marc Ries, Bettina Steeger, Philipp Wegener, Steffi Weinfurter, Susanne M. Winterling, Gunnar Triebel, Sriram Srivigneswaramoorthy, Miriam Steinmacher, Rostislav Likholat, Eric Reh, Christian Leicher