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Zerstörung und Wiederaufbau der Stadt Magdeburg

Destruction and Reconstruction of the City of Magdeburg

Heinrich Apel
1983

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Description

Bronze doors with reliefs and two sculptures of female figures 'War' and 'Peace' flanking the entrance. The ensemble refers to the destruction of Magdeburg in the Thirty Year's War in 1631 and in the Second World War in 1945.
The reliefs on the doors show from top to bottom: Cassandra had spent a night at Apollo's temple, at which time the temple snakes licked her ears clean so that she was able to hear the future. This cursed gift became a source of endless pain and frustration to her. She foresaw the destruction of Troy (she warned the Trojans about the Trojan Horse, the death of Agamemnon, and her own demise), she was unable to do anything to forestall these tragedies since no one believed her (Wikipedia).

Magdeburg - Zerstörung und Wiederaufbau der Stadt Magdeburg
Philemon and Baucis
Magdeburg - Zerstörung und Wiederaufbau der Stadt Magdeburg
A snake
Magdeburg - Zerstörung und Wiederaufbau der Stadt Magdeburg
The head of Cassandra and her accusation
Magdeburg - Zerstörung und Wiederaufbau der Stadt Magdeburg
Death and misery (left part)
Magdeburg - Zerstörung und Wiederaufbau der Stadt Magdeburg
Death and misery (right part)

Next to the doors are two sculptures:

Magdeburg - Zerstörung und Wiederaufbau der Stadt Magdeburg
War: "Mutter und Kind" (mother and child)
Magdeburg - Zerstörung und Wiederaufbau der Stadt Magdeburg
Peace: "Trümmerfrau" (rubble woman)

Inscription(s)

Signed (door and statues): [mark: bird's head in a circle] 1982

Annotation

Unveiled 10 May 1983, the 352th anniversary of the destruction of the town in the Thirty Year's War.

Sculptor

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Tags

  • Apel, Heinrich
  • Bronze door
  • Cassandra
  • Peace (Pax)
  • Philemon and Baucis
  • Rubble Woman
  • Snake
  • War
  • Woman with child
  • Location (N 52°7'51" - E 11°38'26")

    Item Code: desa023; Photograph: 1 September 2012
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