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Contemporary soffit at Butcher’s Guildhall in Hildesheim

Contemporary soffit at the Butcher's Guildhall in Hildesheim, Germany

The most famous building at the market place of Hildesheim is probably the guildhall of the butchers (Knochenhaueramtshaus). It was destroyed in March 1945 and has been completely restored after 1986. I was surprised to see that some of the old soffits got contemporary paintings obviously influenced by the cruelty of World War II.

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Installation ‘Warten auf Vögel IV’ in Vienna

Installation 'Warten auf Vögel IV' in Vienna, Austria

This installation created by the artist Josef Bernhardt is called ‘Warten auf Vögel IV’ (‘Waiting for Birds IV’). It is part of the project ‘Kunst im Öffentlichen Raum’ (Art in Public Spaces) in Vienna.

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Sculpture ‘Points of View’ in Vienna

Sculpture 'Points of View' in Vienna, Austria

The sculpture ‘Points of View’ by Tony Cragg is placed in the Schaumburgergasse (4. District). I was very surprised to see this sculpture in Vienna again, as I saw a similar sculpture in Stuttgart some days earlier.

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U-Turm Bilderuhr in Dortmund

U-Turm Bilderuhr in Dortmund, Germany

The landmark of Dortmund is the big U on top of a former brewery building. Today the building houses besides others the Museum Ostwall and some exhibition rooms. The elements looking like mosaics are actually movies shown high over the city.

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Sculpture by Max Kratz in Essen, Germany

Sculpture by Max Kratz in Essen, Germany

This sculpture created by the German carver Max Kratz is located next to the central station of Essen. It is named ‘Steile Lagerung’ and reminds of the hard work miners did in the region.

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Artwork by Eva Schlegel in Vienna

Artwork at the Präsidentschaftskanzlei in Vienna, Austria

In this picture my shadow is standing on public art created by the Austrian artist Eva Schlegel. The artwork is located at the soil in front of the Office of the Federal President of Austria in Vienna.

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Yellow fog in Vienna

Yellow fog at the Verbund Headquarters in Vienna, Austria

Fire! Fire! Fire! Yellow smoke is drifting from the basement of an office building at a central place of Vienna. A truck of the fire brigade is standing next to the building but the firefighters don’t care about this incident. What is going on? Well, the solving of this marvel: It’s not a fire, it’s just contemporary art.

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‘Stadtkern’ of Graz

The 'Stadtkern' of Graz, Austria

Fun idea: Near the geographic centre of my city a model of a peach stone indicates the city centre. Actually this is a pun as in German language we use for the centre of a city and the stone of a fruit the same term: ‘Kern’. The sculpture was designed by the artists Anne and Peter Knoll.

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‘Hill Arches’ by Henry Moore in Vienna

Sculpture 'Hill Arches' in Vienna, AustriaThe bronze sculpture ‘Hill Arches’ was designed by Henry Moore in 1973. It is located in a water basin in front of the baroque Karlskirche in Vienna. Some criticize the contrast between classical and modern. We enjoy the artfully curved lines in both works. [German]

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Subway station Volkstheater in Vienna

Mural at subway station Volkstheater in Vienna, Austria

In the subway station Volkstheater 1991 the first work of publick art in the Vienna subway network was finished. For this purpose, a 360 m2 glass mosaic was made to designs by the artist Anton Lehmden. He is attributed to the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. [German]

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Sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol in Kassel

Sculpture by Stephen Balkenhol in Kassel, Germany

Fun detail seen in Kassel: A figure standing on top of a sphere inside a church tower. Its a sculpture created by the artist Stephan Balkenhol. The traffic lights are not art, I was just standing at a pedestrian crossing and there was no time for a better position.

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Diving platform on top of a hotel in Kassel

Diving platform on top of a hotel in Kassel, Germany

Odd detail seen on top of a hotel near Kassel Central Station: A diving platform! The explanation for this strange combination: It’s an artwork.