'Umschreibung' a sculpture by artist Olafur Eliasson in Munich
Stairway to where?

'Umschreibung' by Olafur Eliasson in Munich

HIDDEN WITHIN AN OFFICE BUILDING in Munich, a staircase seemingly leads you up… to nowhere. “Umschreibung” is in fact not a staircase at all, but an ominous sculpture by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. You may not have access to a cool, curly staircase like this beauty, which is actually a sculpture rather than a conduit. 'Umschreibung' is tucked away in an office building complex in Munich's Schwanthalerhöhe district. Creator Olafur Eliasson says he intended the sculpture—known locally as 'The Stairway to Heaven—to convey 'movement without destination, a space defined by motion rather than walls.' Mission accomplished.