The third of the three TRAFO galleries is located in this transformer tower with its attractive tent roof and yellow bricks. It was built in 1935, 20 years after Reitwein was electrified with the construction of the first transformer on the manor estate, and 18 years before the farm extensions were finally connected. The overhead lines that were common in the countryside at that time were hung from the tower to the house gables. To do this, the towers had to be high enough to allow people, cattle and carts to pass safely under the cables. The tower’s fate was sealed with the transition from the era of overhead lines to underground cabling – which has not yet been fully completed.
The four square metres in the now empty transformer tower were just large enough for the television journalist Michael Pommerening to establish the third station of his project “Art in Unusual Places”. It now forms part of a three-pronged approach to art tourism: enjoy nature, experience art and explore the region. The gallery in the transformer station is always open: at any time of day or night, interested visitors can illuminate the interior at the push of a button, after which a sound collage starts and they can view a handful of works of art. These are always only a part of the overall exhibition featuring the respective artist, however. The impression is only complete with a visit to the Wiehäuschen in Dolgelin and Trafo 1 in Regenmantel, 25 kilometres away.