Eastern Germany‘s lignite mining heritage

For more than a century, the landscape south of the town of Leipzig has been shaped and destroyed by large scale brown coal mining. To this day, around 500 km² of fields, forests, rivers and human settlements had to yield to open pit mines and spoil tips. Only in the past 30 years, since the end of the GDR, people started to restore and renaturate the area. The result is a post-industrial landscape, entirely built by human hand, supposed to be pleasing and practical. The area offers an opportunity to examine all stages of large scale open pit mining.

Project year: 2013 –