Euro-Skulptur


The Euro-Skulptur (German for Euro sculpture) by Ottmar Hörl set up at Willy-Brandt-Platz at Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is one of two copies of the work that have been put on public display. It basically is a 14 metres tall electronic signage that shows a Euro sign and twelve stars around, weighing 50 tonnes.[1]

The Euro-Skulptur at Frankfurt's Willy-Brandt-Platz (2005)
View at daytime in front of the Eurotower (2013)

History


Ottmar Hörl designed the Euro-Skulptur towards the end of the 1990s, creating two copies. While one of these was set up at Frankfurt Airport, he gave away the other version to the private corporation Frankfurter Kultur Komitee which decided to put it on display at Willy-Brandt-Platz in front of the then seat of the European Central Bank, or ECB which was then at the Eurotower. The sculpture replaced the Euro clock that had been installed there before. Its lights were switched on for the first time at New Year 2001/2002 when the Euro was introduced. The Euro-Skulptur is among the objects most often photographed in Frankfurt's inner city. It is frequently used to illustrate reports on the Euro.

When the ECB moved from its office at Willy-Brandt-Platz to its new building in Frankfurt's east end in 2014, discussions took place whether to also relocate the sculpture to the new site, or move it to a museum.[2] The Frankfurter Kultur Komitee was also asked to perhaps move the sculpture to a central location in Paris.[3] So far, it remained at its first location. In 2015, a major technical update took place when the sculpture's light-emitting elements were replaced by LED.[1]

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References


  1. "Euro-Skulptur". Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Frankfurt (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  2. "Ausgedient: Wackelt die Euro-Skulptur? | Kultur | Hessischer Rundfunk | hr-online.de". 2011-12-25. Archived from the original on 2011-12-25. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  3. "Euro-Zeichen in der Krise - Ist das Kunst oder kann das weg?". Journal Frankfurt. Retrieved 2019-09-30.