Art for everyone

The valleys of the Ach, Blau and Lone are considered the cradle of art! The works of art made from mammoth ivory found in the caves of the Swabian Alb, which are estimated to be more than 40,000 years old, are the oldest evidence of human artistic creation. The carved figures and musical instruments show that art has been part of humanity since the beginning. The Blaubeurer city park is lined with schools, including the Blautopfschule community school, the Joachim-Hahn-Gymnasium, the Schöne Lau-Schule and the Evangelical Seminary, whose students use the place as a playground. The freely accessible art of Blaubeuren and international artists is intended to make it tangible and tangible for everyone and at the same time to shape public space: “Art for everyone!”

DIALOGUE Dieter Gassebner

Minimalism. The concrete sculpture, created in 2004, has its basic geometric structure reduced to what is necessary. Dieter Gassebner lives and works in Blaubeuren. His preferred materials are concrete and structural steel. In Gassebner's work, the focus is on aesthetics. “His works are clear and balanced, they are without commentary, they are not intended to explain anything, and do not require any interpretation of any kind.” (Franz Schwerzmann)

POSEIDON Jo Kley

The spirally wound sculpture made of limestone was created as part of a cycle of works about Olympian gods, in which Poseidon is the key work. The question arose as to which design language could be chosen without resorting to typical attributes such as a trident. Kley found the answer in the spiral shape. She embodies the capriciousness of the god of the waters in a very simple and at the same time understandable way. As ruler of the seas, Poseidon represents violence more than any other god. He is irritable, vengeful and unleashes his power in the raging sea storm. Its character is found in the form of a wave that breaks with uncontrollable force and destroys everything in its path. Poseidon lives in a palace under the sea and crosses the oceans in his chariot at incredible speeds. The work therefore fits very well with the Blaubeur theme of the beautiful Lau and her husband, the mighty Donaunix. The original sculpture was damaged during construction and was replaced in 2017.

THE TIME CAR Martin Knaus

The materials and dimensions of the sculpture correspond exactly to those of a Swabian cart, as was used here on the Swabian Jura in agriculture until the last century. The idea that a farmer was transporting a load of stones on his cart served as the basis for the creation of this sculpture. For unknown reasons, he left the heavily loaded vehicle behind and it was forgotten. Of course, the wood of the cart rotted over time, the load of stones fell to the ground, and some were even rolled away to create a place to sit in the shade. The steel components such as tires and drawbar survived the disintegration. The tires are still on the missing car as if by magic - and thus tangibly transport the past into the present.

UNTITLED Ivo André Bay-Müller

After the new construction of the city park was completed in 1979, the Blaubeur local council decided to install works of art in suitable locations. It began in September with the stone carved from white Carrara marble by the Brazilian artist Ivo André Bay-Müller, initially only intended as a one-year loan. The sculptor lived in Seißen for a year before returning to his hometown of Sao Paulo in December 1979. He carved the stone into its twisted shape in 1974 on the occasion of the sculpture symposium on the Leonberger Heide. The artist never gave his work a title - everyone should be inspired by the stone.

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