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Glück auf

Good Luck

Jürgen Goertz
J. Balzer
1996

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Description

Sculpture group on the subject of mining 'Glück auf' - the traditional German miners' greeting. It shows St. Barbara, a miner, who sits there resignedly, practically "has done the last shift", then there is a dice, practical for the 'last dice that fell' but also synonymous with luck (Glück). On the facade of the Augustinushaus there a dovecote, a coal cart and a portrait of the first Bishop of the Ruhr, cardinal Franz Hengsbach, with the former provost of St. Augustine, Wilhelm Sternemann.

In 1996, when mining in Gelsenkirchen was being phased out, Goertz created this work of art on behalf of Provost Sternemann (cf. a href="object.php?webpage=ST&record=denw894">the statue of Saint Augustine nearby.

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St. Barbara, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian saint and martyr (Wikipedia)..
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Bergmann / Miner
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Würfer / Dice
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Kohlenlore / Coal cart
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Taubenschlag / Dovecote
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Bildnisse / Portraits
- Bildnis vom Kardinal Franz Hengsbach (Velmede 1910 - Essen 1991, Wikipedia), ersten Ruhrbischof, und Wilhelm Sternemann (Bochum 1926 - Bochum 2005), Propst von St. Augustinus
portrait of cardinal Franz Hengsbach (Velmede 1910 - Essen 1991, Wikipedia), first Bishop of the Ruhr, and Wilhelm Sternemann, provost of St. Augustine.
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Texttafel mit Bergmann in einem Grubenkorridor / Text plaque with miner in a mine corridor.

Inscription(s)

1855
bis in das 2. jahrtausend
steinkohlenbergbau in
gelsenkirchen
dank euch bergleuten!
'glück auf'!
1855
until the 2nd millennium
coal mining in
Gelsenkirchen
thank you miners!
'good luck'!

Signature

1996 Jürgen Goertz; jürgen goertz 1996
guss: j. balzer

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Balzer, J.
  • Barbara, St.
  • Bishop
  • Die (Dice)
  • Dove/Pigeon
  • Goertz, Jürgen
  • Hengsbach, Franz
  • Miner
  • Mining
  • Sternemann, Wilhelm
  • Location (N 51°30'33" - E 7°5'41")

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