Saturday, April 13, 2013

On the sculpture trail: Bernhard Luginbühl's Kleiner Zyklop next to Hamburg's prestigious museum of art

Kleiner Zyklop (Small Cyclops), 1967, Bernhard Luginbühl
The steel sculpture Kleiner Zyklop (Small Cyclops) is located at the intersection of An der Kunsthalle and Ernst-Merck-Straße, next to the Kunsthalle Hamburg (literally: Hamburg's hall of art) [1,2]. This public space is a very short walk away from the Heidi Kabel bronze statue: just follow the road named Heidi-Kabel-Platz and turn left on Ernst-Merck-Straße. Cross all the railroad tracks by taking the right side of the bridge. Then, you can't miss the rusty-red industrial-looking sculpture next to the rotunda of the museum.

The Small Cyclops of 1967 is an art work of the Swiss sculptor Bernhard Luginbühl (1929-2011). He has been nicknamed the “Ironman” (der Eisenmann), since he started metal sculpturing in the 1950s [3]. His sculptures can be found in European cities as well as small towns; including Hamburg, Oldenburg, Zürich, Bern and Muttenz [4,5].

References and more to explore
[1] Panoramio: Kleiner Zyklop [].
[2] Daily Photo Stream: Kleiner Zyklop [].
[3] TagesAnzeiger: Bernhard Luginbühl: Der Eisenmann wird 80 []
[4] Berner Zeitung: Luginbühl hat als Eisenplastiker ein unverwechselbares Werk geschaffen. [].
[5] Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz: Luginbühl, Berhard [].

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