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‘Die Sendung mit der Maus’ in Erfurt

Sculptures 'The program with the mouse' in Erfurt, Germany

These sculptures in Erfurt show two protagonists from the children’s show ‘Die Sendung mit der Maus‘ (The Show with the Mouse). Since 1971, this German TV series has been explaining complex facts in easy-to-understand terms. For entertaining the children, informative stories alternate with humourous clips. [German]

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‘Hare’ by Jürgen Goertz in Nuremberg

Sculpture by Jürgen Goertz in Nuremberg, Germany

This sculpture represents a female hare. It is located on Tiergärtnertorplatz within sight of the Albrecht Dürer House. The artwork was created in 1984 by Jürgen Goertz. No doubt he plays with his work on the Young Hare, which was painted in 1502 by Albrecht Dürer. [German]

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Murals Public Art

Quotes on the house walls of Weimar

Quote by Jules Renard at a gable in Weimar

A challenge for attentive walks are the quotes on the house walls of  Weimar. They inspire not only to look on gables, but also to reflect. This quote from Jules Renard made me pensive: “If you know life, please give me its address” (Wenn Sie das Leben kennen, geben Sie mir doch bitte seine Anschrift). What exactly makes us think we know life? [German]

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Castles Public Art

Huge music stands at Querfurt Castle

One of three huge music stands at Querfurt Castle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Three music stands (Notenständer) with a height of four metres remind of the fact that Querfurt castle (Burg Querfurt) houses a school of music. Artist Ingo Güttler created these music stands which play music and form a sound-installation. The stands can be removed during those times the castle is used for festivals or as a set for movies.

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Käpt’n Blaubär and Hein Blöd in Erfurt

Käpt'n Blaubär and Hein Blöd in Erfurt, Germany

These sculptures on the river Gera in Erfurt represent Käpt’n Blaubär and Hein Blöd. Both were stars in a German children’s comedy television series. Käpt’n Blaubär (Captain Bluebear) also appeard in the educational children’s television series Die Sendung mit der Maus.

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Downpipes at the Kunsthof in Dresden

Creative downpipes at the Kunsthof-Passage in Dresden, Germany

Strange downpipes seen at the Kunsthof in Dresden. This public art created by Annette Paul, Christoph Roßner and André Tempel produces a fun show during certain hours and rainfalls.

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Public art by Peter Makolies in Dresden

Masks created by Peter Makolies in Dresden, Germany

This is one of four sandstone masks created by Peter Makolies in the years 1982/84 They are decorating the corners of the administration building of the Saxon State Opera generally known as the Semperoper.

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Sculpture park in Poysdorf

Naked man and woman at the sculpture park in Poysdorf, Austria

Next to the WEIN+TRAUBEN Welt (Wine & Grapes Universum) of the Vinoversum in Poysdorf there is a sculpture park displaying works created by the sculptor Martin Messinger. The naked man and the lady standing at the road between Vienna and Brno are just eye catchers for the park which is hidden behind the wall.

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Public Art Wine

Street art in Poysdorf

Street art in Poysdorf, Austria

Poysdorf, a place famous for its wine in the Austrian state of Lower Austria, is coverd with 100+ depictions of wine bottles each decorated by a different artist. Love No. 55 which I found in the beginning of the hollow way Radyweg.

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‘The Little Sandman’ in Erfurt

Sculpture 'The Little Sandman' in Erfurt, Germany

‘Please take a seat but be careful don’t fall asleep!’ This sculpture named Little Sandman (Sandmännchen) refers to a German children’s bedtime television programme using stop motion animation. It happens to be that both parts of Germany, East and West, had broadcasted such a series with slightly different figures.

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Sphaera by Stephan Balkenhol in Salzburg

Male part of the Sphaera at the Kapitelplatz in Salzburg

Memories! Years ago I used to play chess with local people right on this board depicted above. I am glad to see, the public chess board is still in use. By the way, the man on the sphere is a sculpture created by Stephan Balkenhol. The official name is ‘Sphaera‘, but people just call it ‘Mozartkugel‘.

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‘Gherkins’ by Erwin Wurm in Salzburg

'Gherkins' by Erwin Wurm in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is a very traditional city. Even though you can see a lot of contemporary art in the streets. E.g. these ‘Gherkins’ created by the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. Personally I like this piece of public art as the gherkins seems to have some personality. By the way the monument in the background is dedicated to Friedrich Schiller. I wonder if he has ever thought to write about gherkins?