“Peterke”

Sculptor: Karl-Ludwig Böke, Emden, Niedersachsen, Germany (Photo: Arkadiusz Lewandowski,  25 -26.02.2017)

Peterke de Boer  (1887-1956), Emden Street Sweeper is a bronze statue of a women with a broom. It is located at Große Straße in Emden, Niedersachsen, Gemany.

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Spring is coming – time for cleaning! Broom in hand and on the streets! 8. March – “the day of spring cleaning!”

 

“Dreiheit”

dsc_04232                             Artist: Martin Matschinsky, Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff, Property of the Federal Country of Berlin, Germany (Photo: Alicja Molenda, 15.04.2016)

Bundles of steel rods welded together from individual elements are the trademark of this pair of sculptors. This special technique, developed by these artists, allows them to move even massive volumes freely in space. Occasionally, they seem to escape the pull of gravity. They always inspire associations with growth, especially natural growth. Such associations stand in tense contrast with the material of which they are made: nickel-chromium steel. With the changing daylight, a rich display of colours arises on the surface, again tightening the relationship of the sculpture to the natural world. “Dreiheit” reminds one not only a group of trees, but also subtly recalls the drama of Golgotha.

Dreiheit
1993
Nickel-chromium steel
600 x 300 x 300 cm
Property of the Federal Country of Berlin, acquired in 2000 with funds of the Berlin lottery foundation and deposited at the Berlinische Galerie, State Museum of Modern Art, Photography, and Architecture

(source: https://www.berlinischegalerie.de/en/museum-berlin/art-city-space/martin-und-brigitte-matschinsky-denninghoff-dreiheit/)

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Does today the drama of Calvary encourage anyone to reflection on themselves and their own behavior?

 

 

“Amazon on Horseback 1930”

SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCArtist : Rudolf Zisenius, Statue in Park bather in Timmendorfer Strand, Germany (photo: Alice Ochmann,  28.02.2016)

In Greek mythology, the Amazons (Greek: Ἀμαζόνες, Amazónes, singular Ἀμαζών, Amazōn) were a race of women warriors. Scythian women were the real-world basis for the myth. Herodotus reported that they were related to the Scythians (an Iranian people) and placed them in a region bordering Scythia in Sarmatia (modern territory of Ukraine). Other historiographers place them in Anatolia, or sometimes Libya.

Notable queens of the Amazons are Penthesilea, who participated in the Trojan War, and her sister Hippolyta, whose magical girdle, given to her by her father Ares, was the object of one of the labours of Hercules. Amazon warriors were often depicted in battle with Greek warriors in amazonomachies in classical art.

The Amazons have become associated with many historical people throughout the Roman Empire period and Late Antiquity. In Roman historiography, there are various accounts of Amazon raids in Anatolia.[citation needed] From the early modern period, their name has become a term for female warriors in general. Amazons were said to have founded the cities and temples of Smyrna, Sinope, Cyme, Gryne, Ephesus, Pitania, Magnesia, Clete, Pygela, Latoreria and Amastris; according to legend, the Amazons also invented the cavalry.

(source: Wikipedia)

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The statue in the Kurpark, which is an Amazone on a horse and was created by the Düsseldorf artist Rudolf Zisenius, was a present from the then President of the Federal Republic, Heinrich Böhmker, a Nazi

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Modern women are descendants of the Amazons. Keep this in mind especially when you start with them the war.

 

“A Spring”

img_4742img_4738Zug, Szwajcaria (Photo: Gosia Głowacka, 12.05.2016)

A spring is an elastic object used to store mechanical energy. Springs are usually made out of spring steel. There are a large number of spring designs; in everyday usage the term often refers to coil springs.

When a spring is compressed or stretched from its resting position, it exerts an opposing force approximately proportional to its change in length (this approximation breaks down for larger deflections). The rate or spring constant of a spring is the change in the force it exerts, divided by the change in deflection of the spring. That is, it is the gradient of the force versus deflection curve. An extension or compression spring’s rate is expressed in units of force divided by distance, for example lbf/in or N/m. A torsion spring is a spring that works by twisting; when it is twisted about its axis by an angle, it produces a torque proportional to the angle. A torsion spring’s rate is in units of torque divided by angle, such as N·m/rad or ft·lbf/degree. The inverse of spring rate is compliance, that is: if a spring has a rate of 10 N/mm, it has a compliance of 0.1 mm/N. The stiffness (or rate) of springs in parallel is additive, as is the compliance of springs in series.

Springs are made from a variety of elastic materials, the most common being spring steel. Small springs can be wound from pre-hardened stock, while larger ones are made from annealed steel and hardened after fabrication. Some non-ferrous metals are also used including phosphor bronze and titanium for parts requiring corrosion resistance and beryllium copper for springs carrying electrical current (because of its low electrical resistance).

Simple non-coiled springs were used throughout human history, e.g. the bow (and arrow). In the Bronze Age more sophisticated spring devices were used, as shown by the spread of tweezers in many cultures. Ctesibius of Alexandria developed a method for making bronze with spring-like characteristics by producing an alloy of bronze with an increased proportion of tin, and then hardening it by hammering after it was cast.

Coiled springs appeared early in the 15th century,[1] in door locks.[2] The first spring powered-clocks appeared in that century[2][3][4] and evolved into the first large watches by the 16th century.

In 1676 British physicist Robert Hooke discovered Hooke’s law which states that the force a spring exerts is proportional to its extension.

(source: Wikipedia)

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When the spring will be stretched too much is only a matter of time before it breaks, and the device which worked thanks to it will cease to function. When society is pulled from each side by offering lies and propaganda instead of good, thoughtful and above all effective solutions to the socio-economic and health system then it is only a matter of time before the bubble of lies burst. A government acting only based on the society will cease to have a reason for being. The clock is already counting down!

“Jeannenke Pis”

Jeannenke Pis, Brussels 068.jpgScupture:Denis-Adrien Debouvrie, Brussels, Belgium (Photo: Gosia Głowacka, 26.04.2014)

Jeanneke Pis is a modern fountain and statue in Brussels, which was intended to form a counterpoint to the city’s Manneken Pis, south of the Grand Place.

It was commissioned by Denis-Adrien Debouvrie in 1985 and erected in 1987. The half-metre-high bronze statue depicts a little girl with her hair in short pigtails, squatting and urinating on a blue-grey limestone base.
Location

It is located on the east side of the Impasse de la Fidélité / Getrouwheidsgang (Fidelity Alley), a narrow cul-de-sac some 30 metres long leading northwards off the restaurant-packed Rue des Bouchers / Beenhouwersstraat. The sculpture is now protected by iron bars from vandalism.

(source: Wikipedia)

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Riddle: who should piss on the usurpers of power over the female body?

 

“Stolpersteine”

Idea: Günter Demming, Berlin, Germany (Photo: Monika Saczyńska, October 13, 2010) / Rome, Italy (Photo: Monika Saczyńska, October 22, 2011)

The inspiration for the Stolpersteine project was an event related to an earlier project by Günter Demming. In Cologne, in 1990 the artist marked with chalk the route that Cologne Roms and Sinti were led to the place of deportation. Three years later, when he walked the same path again a woman he met on the way told him that no Roms or Sinti had ever lived in that district. That event inspired the artist to create the lasting memorial signs around the city.

The first Stolperstein was laid by Günter Demming in 1997 in Kreuzberg (a district in Berlin). Today, it is already a big project, in which often local communities, schools are engaged. The artist still watches over the project by approving the laying of the new stones based on the provided documentation.

The project aims to restore the memory of the victims of Nazism, including Jews, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, deserters, people with disabilities, members of political parties. Usually stones are laid in the vicinity of the place where the commemorated person lived. The individual stones are inscribed with first name and surname, date of birth, date of deportation or exile, death date and place, but not the reason why the person was persecuted.

From the very start the project aroused controversy because of the placement of stones in the pavement. According to the Charlotte Knobloch, President of Central Council of Jews in Germany, form of the project is not entirely proper, because it brings to mind trampling the memory of the victims.

The number of stones in Stolpersteine project has already exceeded 20 000. Memorial Stones are located on the sidewalks of many cities in Germany and also in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Ukraine, the Netherlands and Poland, among others, Wrocław and Słubice.

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Martyrdom is not asking for thousands of giant monuments. It is sufficient human memory. Monuments for alleged “martyrs” can be quickly removed, and in the memory of people will nothing remain.

“The Greth Shell Fountain”

Sculpture: Rolf Brem, Zug, Schwizerland (Photo: Gosia Glowacka, 11.05.2016)

The woman who had to carry her drunken husband home

This fountain lies opposite the Liebfrauenkapelle (Chapel of Our Lady). You cannot miss the splashing sound as you approach this picturesque location.

Every year on the occasion of Fasnacht Monday the Guild of Carpenters, Turners and Coopers re-enact the Greth Schell story. Local children enjoy oranges and bread rolls distributed to them on the occasion. The origins of this carnival custom and of the fountain date well back into the 17th century. There are many legends told about the historical figure Margaret Schell, who often had to carry her drunk husband, Peter Schell, home.

The story behind it is actually about a woman called Greth Schell (as in the sculpture) who has to carry home her drunken husband, as he is dressed in his jester’s hat and bearing a rod.
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Poland, how long will you still have to carry on your shoulders political clowns, drunk from too much power and feel ashamed because of that?

“Manneken Pis”

Mannenkin Pis, Brussels 058.JPGDesigner: Hiëronymus Duquesnoy, Brussels, Belgium (Photo:Gosia Glowacka, 26.04.2014)

Manneken Pis (About this sound [ˌmɑnəkə(m) ˈpɪs], meaning “Little man Pee” in Dutch) is a landmark small bronze sculpture (61 cm) in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619.

The 61 cm tall bronze statue on the corner of Rue de l’Etuve and Rue des Grands Carmes was made in 1619 by Brussels sculptor Hieronimus Duquesnoy the Elder, father of the more famous François Duquesnoy. The figure has been repeatedly stolen: the current statue dates from 1965. The original restored version is kept at the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis on the Grand Place.

There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke (now Neder-Over-Heembeek). The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.

Another legend states that in the 14th century, Brussels was under siege by a foreign power. The city had held its ground for some time, so the attackers conceived of a plan to place explosive charges at the city walls. A little boy named Julianske happened to be spying on them as they were preparing. He urinated on the burning fuse and thus saved the city. There was at the time (middle of the 15th century, perhaps as early as 1388) a similar statue made of stone. The statue was stolen several times.

Another story (told often to tourists) tells of a wealthy merchant who, during a visit to the city with his family, had his beloved young son go missing. The merchant hastily formed a search party that scoured all corners of the city until the boy was found happily urinating in a small garden. The merchant, as a gift of gratitude to the locals who helped out during the search, had the fountain built.

Another legend was that a small boy went missing from his mother when shopping in the centre of the city. The woman, panic-stricken by the loss of her child, called upon everyone she came across, including the mayor of the city. A city-wide search began and when at last the child was found, he was urinating on the corner of a small street. The story was passed down over time and the statue erected as a tribute to the well-known legend.

Another legend tells of the young boy who was awoken by a fire and was able to put out the fire with his urine, in the end this helped stop the king’s castle from burning down.

The statue is dressed in costume several times each week, according to a published schedule which is posted on the railings around the fountain. His wardrobe consists of several hundred different costumes, many of which may be viewed in a permanent exhibition inside the City Museum, located in the Grand Place, immediately opposite the Town Hall. The costumes are managed by the non-profit association “The Friends of Manneken-Pis”, who review hundreds of designs submitted each year, and select a small number to be produced and used.

(source: Wikipedia)

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Riddle: Who is he? Small and pee on the nation like in a urinal?

 

“The Hans Otto Theater”

Hans Otto Theater -Potsdam 094.JPGArchitect: Gottfried Böhm, Potsdam, Germany (Photo. Gosia Głowacka, 03.05.2014)

The architect, winner of Pritzker Prize, Gottfried Böhm designed a five-story theater building with cupped, cantilevered roofs. The dominant materials are: concrete, glass and steel . A landmarked gasometer was integrated into the building.On the side of the Deep Lake is a historic mill next to the theater; today it houses a restaurant.

The Hans Otto Theater, Potsdam´s new stage house, which is part of the cultural meeting place and business centre on Schiffsbauergasse, exudes an enormous architectural appeal. Worth mentioning is the theatre´s unique location right by the shore of Tiefer See, which offers the right kind of framework for spectacles and plays with the theatre’s ensemble, as well as for musical guest performances, readings or representative events and occasions. The theatre’s ensemble also performs at the Reithalle A on Schiffbauergasse, a venue of the theatre mainly for children and youth, and at the historic palace theatre in the New Palace of Potsdam Sanssouci.

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“Good theater is not only a question about resources, but above all, it is engagement of artists” (Kazimierz Kord, “Zycie Warszawy”, February 2, 2006)

The great words of praise are nothing compared to the work of Krystyna Janda and her contribution to the development of Polish culture. Without people like Mrs. Janda Polish culture would be completely forgotten giving way to common mediocrity.

“Molecule Man”

DSC03087_12_04_2015Project: Jonathan Borofsky, Berlin, Germany (Photo: Monika Saczyńska, 12 April 2015)

“Molecule Man” is a series of aluminium sculptures, designed by American artist Jonathan Borofsky, installed at various locations in the world, including Berlin, Germany, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA.

The first Molecule Man sculptures were made in 1977 and 1978 in Los Angeles, USA. The sculptures consist of three humans leaning towards each other, the bodies of which are filled with hundreds of holes, the holes representative of “the molecules of all human beings coming together to create our existence”. A related sculpture is the “Hammering Man”.

(source: Wikipedia)

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Nothing happens without a reason. Many years of neglect in education or building good relations within a society, equal opportunities and living standards resulting in increased susceptibility to populists, waking up all kinds of fundamentalism and increasing of radical attitude as well as envy between people. However, we all create tissue called society, and by acting together we contribute to our own personal growth.