Art in public places

Since 2017, Monheim has expanded and developed the artwork it exhibits in public places. The new concept was driven by the desire to recognise art presented in public places as an important element of the cultural landscape of Monheim, but also to create unique material values with the projects that were put into practice, and safeguard these values over the long term. The artwork selected should pick up on the aesthetics of urban spaces, streets and squares, complementing their design and enhancing public perception of the places the art occupies.

"Dancing Houses" by Timm Ulrichs

A bright red pair of dancing houses is to be set up on the roundabout at the intersection of Sandtrasse and Monheimer Strasse. A date for the opening has not yet been determined.

"Monheim Geyser" by Thomas Stricker

This work of art was inaugurated on October 3, 2020.

An artificial geyser has been installed on the roundabout that connects Krischerstrasse and Kapellenstrasse.

A light fog covers the natural vegetation on the roundabout and makes for a special mystic atmosphere. Every now and then, a brief but powerful eruption interrupts the serene tranquility of the scene. The geyser loudly spouts water at irregular, puzzling intervals. A pulsating column of water that reaches more than 12 meters into the sky soaks the roundabout for a short while, before the water retracts into a small pool in the center of the roundabout, which is covered in mossy stones. Thomas Stricker, born in St. Gallen in Switzerland in 1962, is a sculptor, installation and performance artist from Düsseldorf who has won several awards. He is behind the idea. "It is not up to us humans to decide when the geyser will erupt. It's up to nature," he explains. When the geyser erupts, a construction site traffic light stops traffic. "For a brief moment, nature overrules man and his technologies."

In May 2018, the majority of the Council of the City of Monheim am Rhein had voted in favor of the geyser. The inauguration of the work of art took place on October 3, 2020.


Artwork in honor of Franz Boehm by Thomas Kesseler

This work of art was inaugurated on June 20, 2020.

In the Nazi era, Pastor Franz Boehm from Monheim actively opposed the Nazi regime in Germany. He was taken to the Dachau concentration camp, where he died in 1945. A work of art was created in memory and in honor of the resistance fighter.

The piece of art is located in the old town, to the north-east of St. Gereon's church, on the side of the church facing towards the street named after Boehm, who was a priest in the local Catholic community and always openly took a stance against Nazi ideology. The design by artist and architect Thomas Kesseler won the competition for the work of art: an ensemble of printed glass plates, a bronze bust and an architectural element are reminders both of Franz Boehm as a person and of the history and original architecture of the church. The artwork was inaugurated on June 20, 2020.

"Leda" by Markus Lüpertz

This work of art was inaugurated on September 21, 2019.

You can spot her on the Rhine Promenade, at the Landschaftsbalkon viewpoint: "Leda", Monheim's new "Gänseliesel" (Goose Girl) sculpture. Leda is a statement piece, lending a traditional symbol a brand-new form. Monumental and not to be missed.

You will come across sculptures by the painter and sculptor Markus Lüpertz, who was the Rector of the Düsseldorf Art Academy for many years, in many public places – as well as in the most important art collections around the world. The name of the new sculpture was inspired by one of the most important figures in Greek mythology. In May 2019, Lüpertz presented a plaster model of his sculpture for the first time. The sculpture of a girl and a goose has now been cast in bronze and stands on a 7.50-meter column, and the figure from the town's coat of arms can be seen from afar. The sculpture itself is also 3.50 meters high, and was cast by the Schmäke art foundry in Düsseldorf. With a total height of 11 meters, she is a new landmark for Monheim am Rhein and characteristic for the view from the river to the town. The majority of the Council had voted in favor of purchasing the piece of art at a cost of 700,000 euros in August 2018.

Photo gallery of the unveiling ceremony on September 21, 2019

"Haste Töne" by Inges Idee

This piece of art was inaugurated on August 24, 2019.

"Haste Töne" (a play on words that roughly translates as "you won't believe it when you hear it") is a giant record player. The art was installed on the new roundabout connecting Berliner Ring and Bleer Strasse.

Inges Idee is the name of a group of artists founded in 1992, consisting of Hans Hemmert, Axel Lieber, Thomas Schmidt and Georg Zey. Since then, the four creative artists have installed a large number of works of art around the world, always tailored to the specific local situation. Haste Töne lets the roundabout appear like a supersized record player and makes for a whole new experience. The installation was inaugurated on August 24, 2019.

Photo gallery of the opening ceremony on August 24, 2019

"Cry for Freedom" by Saman Hidayat

This work of art was opened on January 13, 2018.

Artist Saman Hidayat's sculpture "Cry for Freedom" stands amidst the greens in the center of the roundabout that connects Baumberger Chaussee and Knipprather Strasse.

The Kurdish sculptor and his wife came to Germany from Iraq in 2015 seeking safety. In his home country, he had been head of an art institute in Erbil. He has lived in Monheim since December 2015 and feels at home here. He donated the work of art to the citizens of Monheim out of gratitude. The opening ceremony for the sculpture took place on January 13, 2018.


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