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To enhance the impression of the Büdesheim roundabout, Ottmar Hörl developed a large-scale sculpture in the shape of a lion, inspired by the heraldic animal of the city of Braunschweig (Brunswick).
In 2017, conceptual artist Ottmar Hörl implemented PLAYGROUND, a temporary art project in the nearby green grounds of LÖWEN ENTERTAINMENT GmbH. The installation included three hundred serial lion sculptures cast from golden plastic material. When the presentation came to a close, the installation was disbanded and the remaining figures went to the office and production rooms of the head office as well as the company's branches.
To tie in with the former project, Ottmar Hörl agreed to develop a large-scale sculpture for the Büdesheim roundabout. He created a lion sculpture that makes reference to the logo and history of the company. The shape of the lion has been inspired by the heraldic animal of the city of Braunschweig as this is where LÖWEN was founded in 1949. The company, whose headquarters has since moved to Bingen, was named after the Braunschweig lion. The figure's colour, traffic red, connects the company with public space where the lion sculpture promotes identification for viewers, and acts as an invitation to all citizens, residents and passers-by to take a fresh look at the city or quarter where they live. They are also invited to explore the question of why there is a Braunschweig lion in Büdesheim. Rather than creating monuments in the classical sense, Hörl offers lasting occasions for communication. Due to its relative neutrality of shape, the sculpture becomes a screen on which people can project their own interpretations. "It's not that I prescribe any particular tendency as a way of thinking. You may approach the sculpture without Hörl getting in the way." (Ottmar Hörl)
Photo: © Cornelia Saalfrank, 2019
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Time present" Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection
Unter den Linden 5, Berlin
10. May 2020 to 08. February 2021
Daily opening times (except Mondays) from 11am to 6pm. Thursdays 11am to 9pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Was ist der Mensch?" ("What is man?")
Neuer Markt, Herford
30. May 2020 to 30. August 2020
Daily opening times from 10 am to 6 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Leben im Krieg" ("Wartime life")
Historisches Museum Hanau Schloss Philippsruhe
Philippsruher Allee 45, Hanau
Extended to the end of June 2021
Tue-Sun 11 am to 6 pm
SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION "LUNCH-BREAK"
in colloboration with KHBT London/Berlin, on the occasion of London Festival of Architecture
St. Paul´s Plinth, London
3 June 2019 to March 2020
TRAVELLING EXHIBITION "SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN" [SEVEN DEADLY SINS]
1. Juli to 7. Juli 2020 (further installations in different locations are planned)
Opening, 04. Juli, 2 pm
EXHIBITION: "TREUE FREUNDE. Hunde und Menschen"
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, München
28. November 2019 to 19. April 2020, extended until 13th of September 2020
GROUP EXHIBITION: "FRANKFURTER POSITIONEN"
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.
Biozentrum, Gebäude 101, KunstRaum Riedberg
05. February 2020 to 29. May 2020, extended to 30th of October 2020
Opening: 04. February 2020, 06:30 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: SCULPTURE PATH WEISSACH IM TAL "AN BRÜCKEN UND WEGEN"
Kulturkreis BIZE und Gemeinde Weissach im Tal
Loop road sculpture path
10. June 2018 to 30. April 2021
GROUP EXHIBITION: KUNST IM SETZKASTEN
Forum Kunst Rottweil, Friedrichsplatz 4, Rottweil
Opening: 19. September 2020, 10am to 10pm
19. September 2020 to 01. November 2020