Public Art, Sculptor, and Myth

Around Berlin in the early 1900’s there seems to have been many artists and patrons who liked the idea of Diana, the Goddess of the hunt. On my April 24th post it was Reinhold Felderhoff’s Diana, which was cast in 1910 and today it’s Diana with Greyhound by Walter Schott done in 1926. Both are very different, although both are nudes of the same goddess. One is a demurely nubile and statuesque maiden (Felderhoff) shyly averting her eyes from the viewer while the other (today’s post), is a magnificent piece of flowing motion. This Diana is free to run uninhibited on the wind through the wonderful rose garden in Berlin’s Humboldthain Park. Schott’s Diana doesn’t care about the audience, only the glorious freedom of wind and movement.

It is a wonderful park for a statue like this, especially at the moment when all the roses are in bloom, but not as unusual as some might think. Berlin is a very green city with parks everywhere, many hiding magnificent pieces of public art, done by some of Germany’s finest artisans and not all are laborious odes to long dead paladins of Europe’s destructive wars.

I think I prefer this sort of public art to be about style and beautiful myths in opposition to martial celebrations depicting the leaders of slaughter, but that’s just me.

 

70-200mm, f6.3, 1/80sec, ISO100

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