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Friedrich Marten

Mettmann /  Woher - Wohin   Mettmann /  Woher - Wohin


Signpost from an oak at the confluence of the Dü'ssel and Mettmanner Bach. The flowing water as a metaphor for the passing of time and the Neandertal itself give the title Woher-Wohin a temporal dimension in addition to the spatial one. Man and questions about his origin, condition and destiny are the ubiquitous themes of the valley. Where from – where to, the shells are caught up in their conflict of directions, but man can, if he likes, stand in the burned-out trunk and contemplate his tracks and paths.

Sculpture trail "HumanTraces" in the Neandertal

As part of the EUROGA 2002plus, the sculpture trail "MenschenSpuren" (HumanTraces) was realized in the Neandertal. The 1,200 meter long art traiis dedicated to the area of conflict between man and nature. With the beginning of the incarnation, man tried to gradually step out of nature and to find an independent position. This process is made visible in different ways through the works of the eleven artists. The sculptures challenge self-reflection on human nature and require a new way of looking at nature. The traces of the artists connect with the landscape in ever new ways on thcircular route on the Düssel river. Many of the works have to be discovered or change their condition with the seasonal ups and downs.

We have photographed all the existing sculptures, allthough some of them are in fact too abstract for this sit.
Since the Düssel forms the border between the towns of Erkrath and Mettmann, the sculptures on the leftbank are listed under Erkrath and those on the right bank under Mettmann.

The sculptures are (the order is counter-clockwise when you start from the Neanderthal Museum):

  1. Friedrich Marten, Woher - Wohin
  2. Zadok Ben-David, The man who never ceased to grow
  3. Nils-Udo, Habitat does not exist anymore.
  4. Ian Hamilton Finlay, Bugatti Bench
  5. Giuseppe Penone, Neanderthal Hecke does not exist anymore.
  6. Klaus Simon, Calx
  7. Antony Gormley , Being
  8. Jaume Plensa, Seele?
  9. Magdalena Abakanowicz, Mutant
  10. Anne und Patrick Poirier, Memoria Mundi

The descriptions are (partial) translations from the Neandertal Museum's website.

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Locatie (N 51°13'31" - E 6°57'6") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: denw920; Photograph: 30 July 2022
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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