Monika Gilsing

Monika Gilsing’s contribution to the 1987 Luna Luna park were the Multicolored flags throughout the fairground

Monika Gilsing designed a collection of flags for Luna Luna featuring motifs of characters such as birds and goblins, which appeared to fly and ripple in the wind.

Artist

Monika Gilsing

Attraction

Multicolored flags throughout the fairground

Born

1942, Germany

Gilsing creates large-scale sculptures, often for outdoor, natural environments

Her multidisciplinary output includes graphic design, painting, sculpture, children’s books, and digital paintings called iArt

She collaborated with André Heller on Luna Luna, Jagmandir, and ANIMA Garden

Fairground view: Monika Gilsing, Multicolored flags throughout the fairground. Luna Luna, Hamburg, Germany, June-July 1987.

Monika Gilsing, Multicolored flags throughout the fairground, exhibited 1987.

Painter, sculptor, and designer Monika Gilsing creates paintings, textiles, and sculptures depicting real and imagined creatures in bright colors and geometric patterns. The semi-abstracted figures of her textiles and acrylic paintings reflect the influence of Cubism’s fragmented geometrical shapes, while the large-scale outdoor sculptures draw from ritualistic icons and totemic figures. These include Shadow Thieves, figures made of flat wood and metal that evoke mystical deities; and Firebirds, brightly colored metal silhouettes of birds and figures which blend into and transform the natural landscape. Gilsing’s work also includes graphic design, children’s illustrations, and most recently iArt—her term for the line-based portraits and scenes she makes on an electronic tablet.

The semi-abstracted figures of her textiles and acrylic paintings reflect the influence of Cubism’s fragmented geometrical shapes.

Monika Gilsing.

Monika Gilsing.

For Luna Luna, Gilsing designed a collection of large-scale flags decorated with motifs and characters such as birds and goblins that appear to fly and ripple in the wind. Gilsing, who frequently makes work for the outdoors, displayed her dynamic, vibrantly colored flags throughout the fairground. After collaborating with André Heller on Luna Luna, Gilsing worked with him again to create scenery and costumes for the theatrical production Jagmandir (1991); and then on a series of whimsical displays and architectural installations for ANIMA Garden, Heller’s fantastical open-air museum in Morocco.

Fairground view: Monika Gilsing, Multicolored flags throughout the fairground. Luna Luna, Hamburg, Germany, June-July 1987.

Fairground view: Monika Gilsing, Multicolored flags throughout the fairground. Luna Luna, Hamburg, Germany, June-July 1987.

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