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Mehmet Aksoy

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Marble sculpture of nine figures. A single figure emerges from a large block of stone depicting a crowd of people, seven steles represent different parts of the body: 1. a phallus, profiled on one side (shape of a germ) 2. a flat hand 3. a leg with foot 4. an oversized eye and ear 5. head and shoulders (because of the thick layer of graffiti, they are hardly recognizable). Away from the green area, directly on the road, stands a single figure. The group symbolizes the conflict between being uprooted and the lack of integration of foreign immigrants.

On Aksoy's website the sculpture group has the name "İş Göçü", meaning "Business Migration".

The artwork is largely covered in graffiti. On Aksoy's website are photos of the sculpture when it was clean.

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Menschenlandschaft - Human Landscape Berlin

The Human Landscape Berlin is an art project installed in 1987 in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg. It is a sculpture trail that leads from the Schlesisches Tor to the May-Ayim-Ufer and contains seven sculpted works of art. The project came about at a sculptors' symposium. The exhibited works deal with the topic "Kreuzberg as a crystallization point for immigration" and were created by six different artists. A path made of granite slabs was laid out between the individual exhibits. The area in which the sculptures were set up was in an open area before the reunification. The symposium and the project were financed by the "art in urban space" budget on the occasion of Berlin's 750th anniversary. It was intended to set a counterpoint to the sculpture boulevard on Kurfürstendamm, which was built in the same year.

The sculptures from the Schlesische Straße to the Spree river:

Most of these artworks are largely covered in graffiti.


Sources & Information


  • Country: Germany
  • Aksoy, Mehmet
  • Ear
  • Eye
  • Figures
  • Hand(s)
  • Head
  • Leg(s)
  • Phallus
  • Locatie (N 52°30'2" - E 13°26'35") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: debe204; Photograph: 2 September 2022
    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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