Roland Roos repairs broken, displaced or damaged things in public space. Each repair is intended to restore a particular detail to its pre-damaged state. Before and after the repair a photograph is taken of the unsolicited assignment. The photo taken before the repair is the only existing document of the damaged objects and thus becomes a unicum. All of these unicum photos are on sale for 320CHF each which is the average amount of money that is spent for one repair (materials and labor).
Free Repair started early 2008 and it ended in april 2010. Some of the original images are still available, the Free Repair installation is part of the Zurich Art Collection.
The video below shows a ORF reportage of the last free repair (german only).