“Couple in love”

WP_20160716_16_45_33_ProRosengarten, Werda, Germany (photo: Gosia Sachse vel.Głowacka, 16.07.2016)

On the occasion of today’s Valentin’s day for all lucky people even more happiness, and those less lucky ones I tap on a glass of wine and let go of a cheerful eye 😉

Love is a real chemical-biological chain reaction! In order for the whole system of external stimuli and internal biochemical processes to “sparkle” between two people, the whole system of external stimuli and internal biochemical processes must work in the right order.
Visionaries? Students? No, smokers

It all starts with the smell. And it’s not about perfume or a gym shower. What is important is the natural scent and, probably, the odourless pheromones hidden in it. Their existence in humans is not yet exhaustively researched by science. In any case, the smell reaches the nose, where it encounters a very sensitive blade and nose organ. This, in turn, activates the hypothalamus, a small area in the brain. If everything “fits together”, we start to be interested in our partner and our grey cells start to shine (this can be seen during positron emission tomography (PET) examination). The hypothalamus begins to produce phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a neurotransmitter. Its elevated concentration in the brain on the one hand manifests itself in states of unjustified joy, self-confidence, excitement or excessive activity alternately with a lack of concentration.
On the other hand, it causes insomnia, anorexia, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression. This is how often drug addicts feel – phenylethylamine is a substance belonging to the group of amphetamines. No wonder that it is commonly called “a drug of love”. The increase in the level of PEA entails further changes. The secretion of noradrenalin – a hormone called “love substance” – increases. It works similarly to adrenaline – at the sight of a loved one our blood pressure increases, heartbeat accelerates, blood glucose levels rise and appetite decreases. As a result of shrinkage of blood vessels, we cover ourselves with a blush and become sensitive to touch.
The secret of happiness
 
As the level of noradrenaline increases, another compound, the “happiness hormone”, or dopamine, begins to release.  It completely masters the rest of the senses and the body. It is responsible for chemical processes taking place in the brain, which control the movement and activity of the body and the ability to feel pleasure.  We know dopamine from everyday life, because its level grows rapidly when we admire a new gadget, a spectacular dress or an unpacked gift. It is dopamine that is co-responsible for the fact that we love “to death and life”. The second molecule in this duo is serotonin. When the level of dopamine increases, the amount of serotonin decreases rapidly at the same time. It is responsible for a healthy sleep and a sense of peace, and its deficiencies cause a general discomfort and lack of concentration. A person in love gets confused and falls into extreme moods, while at the same time waiting for the next meeting with their other half.
Love has an expiry date

So we have phenylethylamine (PEA), noroadrenaline, dopamine and serotonin -neuroprogens that make us go crazy out of love. The most important of them is the former because it controls the others. Unfortunately, the body becomes immune to phenylethylamine. Research shows that usually between 18 and 48 months (4 years) of the relationship, the whole raging fire of love slowly burns out and dies out. Then the lovers can even part! Fortunately, this is not the rule. As a result of dopamine, all the time our body produces oxytocin and vasopressin – hormones of similar structure, but different effects. These compounds work in very important moments for man. There are more oxytocin receptors in women. This hormone relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, has an analgesic and relaxing effect. In men, vasopressin, released by testosterone and acting like adrenaline, dominates. Increased levels of these two hormones evoke a feeling of relaxation, peace, feeling of bond and mutual acceptance.  Thanks to their presence it is possible for mature love between partners to flourish.

(source: http://www.national-geographic.pl/nauka)

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Let peoplelove each other: who they want and how they want, because love brings goodness

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“Tempodrom”

edfedfArchitectural projekt:  Doris Schäffler and Stephan Schütz, Berlin, Germany (Photo: Barbara Stachira, 15.09.2018)

The Tempodrom is a Berlin venue that was first established in 1980 by heiress and former nurse Irene Moessinger as an alternative venue on the west side of Potsdamer Platz in the immediate vicinity of the Berlin Wall.

With private donations, a compensation payment and state subsidies, a concrete building in the form of a circus tent was erected on the site of the former Anhalter railway station and reopened as the New Tempodrom in 2001.

The new Tempodrom building was designed by Doris Schäffler and Stephan Schütz, employees of the Hamburg architectural office Gerkan, Marg und Partner. The roof, reminiscent of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasília Cathedral, is based on the shape of a circus tent and with its futuristic, white forms forms a contrast to the remains of the former railway station. The foundation stone was laid on 21 May 2000. It was ceremoniously opened with the presentation of the European Film Prize on 1 December 2001.

 The massive overrun of the planned construction costs (32 million euros instead of 16 million euros) led to the resignation of Peter Strieder (SPD), Senator for Urban Development, on 7 April 2004. Since August 2005, the Tempodrom has been managed by a management consultancy company appointed by the insolvency administrator. Irene Moessinger withdrew from Tempodrom in July 2005.[3] In the course of the insolvency, court proceedings were instituted against the former managing directors, Irene Moessinger and Norbert Waehl, for breach of trust. The proceedings ended with acquittals.

On 23 April 2010, the Bremen-based KPS Group took over Tempodrom It thus escaped the threat of a foreclosure auction that the lender, Landesbank Berlin, had requested.

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I wonder if anyone will bear any political and possibly criminal responsibility for the investments of the current governmant, spending or planning to spend tens of billions of zlotys on investments such as the Central Communication Port or the bridge in Przytoczna, which would connect the Notecka Forest with floodplain areas, fields and forests – no needed investment   by anyone.

“Schreitender Genesender”

Sculptor Richard Scheibe, Berlin, Germany (photo: Barbara Stachira, May 2018)

The bronze figure was created in 1935 by Richard Scheibe. After several changes of location, the sculpture was located in 1989 in the newly designed park at Park am Karlsbad
Richard Scheibe was born on 19 April 1879 in Chemnitz (Saxony) and died on 6 October 1964 in Berlin. He is buried in the cemetery Schmargendorf.

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On the occasion of the Children’s Day a lot of joy and cheerfulness for big children and as little as possible contact with the cruelty of the adult world for the smallest ones 🙂

“Peterke”

Sculptor: Karl-Ludwig Böke, Emden, Niedersachsen, Germany (photo: Arkadiusz Lewandowski,  25 -26 February 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.

 

“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 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.

“Balancing Act (oryg. Balanceakt)”

DSC_0466[1].JPG                                Schulptor: Stephan Balkenhol, Berlin, Germany (photo: Alicja Molenda, 28.03.2016)

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Axel Springer Verlag, the Bild Zeitung asked the sculptor Stephan Balkenhol to make a sculpture in memory of Axel Springer and his longstanding hope for German reunification. It is placed directly in front of the Axel Springer Haus, only a few meters from where the wall used to stand.
The Sculpture consists of many components: a 3,5 meter tall painted bronze figure of a man balancing on top of a representation of the Berlin wall, and, scattered behind this, eleven large pieces of the original wall. According to the sculptor, “the man is no longer a prisoner or a critic of the wall; he is standing on it that means he is above it. He has to deal with this new situation and has to keep on walking. As a memory how many people failed on the Berlin wall, a loud gesture of triumph would not have been appropriate. My balancing man stands for a cautious way of optimism, openness to the future, but also for the feeling that freedom brings along responsibility to make something out of it.”

Balanceakt (Balancing Act) 2009
Bronze figure 3,50 m high, concrete dam 2,20 m high

(source: Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art)