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Untimely contemporaries standing in a row

“Untimely contemporaries” by Bernd Göbel, Grimmaische Strasse, Leipzig, August 2021

– pedagogue, diagnostician, rationaliser, urban designer and art theorist.

This bronze sculpture was created by Bernd Göbel between 1986 and 1989 and was presented to the city of Leipzig in 1990.

Now over to all of you. Do come and join us in our Saturday six-word musings.

I’ll admit that many of us openly break the numeric rule and share far more words (all excellent of course!) so the key rule is to have a title of six words – and then create around that the post that you desire! Perhaps in bunches of 6 words if you’re feeling inspired.

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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 28 August 2021

Posted as part of Six Word Saturday and PPAC

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  1. Deb these are fabulous statues for PPAC. A far cry from the statue of David! A little more realistic, LOL. I could have worded my post today so easily to make six words instead of nine I need to get in the habit. I can change it, but it may not work. I’ve been meaning to start participating. The slug is wrong but the title changed. Thanks for the reminder.


  2. I’ve read up a bit on the sculpture (basically because I couldn’t read the writing below the middle one). It’s a bit more complex and puzzling. The names he gave the figures are not regular German words but unusual combinations with strange endings. To be honest, I think I can appreaciate the sculptures by themselves better than trying to make sense out of the names and the title. The golden tools seem to be of importance. People commenting seem to think it is a commentary on the GDR. I’m not really sure since it was completed during the last years of the GDR and certainly wouldn’t have been put up at such a prominent place if it was openly critical of the regime and system. Certainly warrants a closer look. 🤔 I like the way you framed them with the two buildings on either side.
    Maybe my subjects can look really far and are staring at the scultpure 😉

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    • Thanks for they extra info, Elke. I have to say I had no idea what they were when I took the photos, and not much wiser after reading a bit about them! What I would really have liked was a step ladder so I could look more closely (and take more photos)
      The golden tools seem out of place – I wonder if he is actually being critical of the “professions” has depicted. I wonder if he left he open deliberately – could be anti-GDR or anti-reunification. Then again, he could be sympathising with the people who are trying to do an honest job but having to spin a story to suit current politics.
      Clearly great art – leaves us thinking …

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