Green Ted

Berlin, March 2018

24th March, Page 1

Drei Mädchen, Marx and Engels, Molecule Men

Green Ted with Fitzenreiter's Drei Madonen und ein Knabe, Berlint

Drei Mädchen und ein Knabe, Wilfried Fitzenreiter, 1988

Green Ted with Drei Mädchen und ein Knabe, Wilfried Fitzenreiter
Drei Mädchen und ein Knabe, Wilfried Fitzenreiter, 1988
Spree River, Berlin
24th Mar 2018, 14.55
Fuji X100S, 23mm
1/170 sec; f/5.6; ISO 400
Cat. 2,701
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Cat. 2,700-08. Quote from Journey to Berlin.
There is an image of the piece in its original configuration here.

These bronze sculptures … used to sit around the fountain of the Palast Hotel, which stood on the corner of Karl Liebknecht Straße.
The hotel was demolished in 2001 and the sculptures were moved to their current location on the eastern bank of the river Spree in 2007. journeytoberlin.com

Marx and Engels, Ludwig Engelhardt, 1985

Green Ted with Marx and Engels, Berlin
Marx & Engels, Ludwig Engelhardt, 1985
Berlin
24th Mar 2018, 15:08
Fuji X100S, 23mm
1/400 sec; f/5.6; ISO 200
Cat 2,720
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Cat. 2,720-26. This is a very popular work and visitors take turns to photograph it. Several of the photographees displayed genuine joy and affection for the figure of Marx. Quote from Atlas Obscura.

The larger-than-life statues of Marx and Engels, co-authors of The Communist Manifesto, were unveiled in 1986. Behind the statues is a relief wall showing scenes from the history of the German socialist movement.
Before World War II, the area now occupied by the statue was a densely populated Old Town quarter between the river and the Alexanderplatz public central square. Allied bombing razed the area, and when the ruins were cleared after the war nothing was built to replace them for years until the statue was erected.
Since German reunification in 1990, however, the statue has been the subject of public controversy. Some feel it is an unwanted relic of a regime they oppose, whereas others believe the site has artistic and cultural significance. For now, the latter has prevailed. atlasobscura.com

Molecule Men, Jonathan Borofsky, 1999

Green Ted with Molecule Men, Jonathan Borofsky
Molecule Men, Jonathan Borofsky, 1999
Soree River, Berlin
24th Mar 2018, 11:58
Fuji X100S, 23mm
1/600 sec; f/5.6; ISO 400
Cat 2,730
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Cat. 2,730-34. The second image, a Photoshop HDR, has produced an interesting ghost. There's another at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Quote from Visit Berlin, citing the artist.

The Molecule Men have been braving the elements in the Spree River near the Oberbaum Bridge since 1999. The thirty meters high metal sculpture was designed and executed by the American sculptor Jonathan Borofsky. Symbolically, they represent the intersection of the then three districts Treptow, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain - in the meantime, another three city quarters and two districts come together here as well. “[The sculpture is to remind] of the fact that both people and molecules exist in a world governed by probability, and that the objective of all creative and scientific traditions is finding wholeness and unity within the world.” – Jonathan Borofsky visitberlin.de