• monumental public sculpture picturing a watersnake in flooding area of weser river in minden germany, 2022

Anticipatory Measure

Inselkunst Stadtblänke, City of Minden DE 2022

Commissioned by Weserfreunde e.V. and Sommergrünkohlgruppe Rotary Club Minden-Porta Westfalica
Supervision and Financing by Weserfreunde e.V. und Sommergrünkohlgruppe des Rotary Club Minden-Porta Westfalica
Material: hot-dip galvanized sheet steel, 12 /10 mm, 2-K colored finish
Dimensions: HLW 11.20 x 0.55 x 6.60 meter

The sculpture takes its starting point in an oversized tape measure, which appears through curved arcs like a comic-like animated creature. The black and yellow patterning, taken from the measuring units of high-water markings, reinforces this impression and lends it an absurd as well as functional dimension. The “objective” and actually calibrated tape measure is transformed into a sculpture with an independent and mysterious agenda. In the context of its placement in the middle of a tributary of the Weser River, which serves to protect against flooding, the sculpture offers a wide variety of interpretive possibilities. In order to give the people of Minden an outlook on an extraordinary behavior of the Weser, the area of a flood level, which occurs on average every hundred years, is marked in red.

Please see webpage of Weserfreunde

Photos: Christian Schanze for Nr.2, inges idee Nr. 1,3,4