Outstanding work of art in the Port of Duisburg
Duisburg, 16.04.2016 | Lüpertz sculpture on the Mercatorinsel for the port's 300 year anniversary
Like a lean bow, Duisburg’s “Mercatorinsel” (Mercator island) extends into the Ruhr-Rhine estuary. Here, at the most northern point of the Port of Duisburg, work is underway to construct the 4.5 meter base for an extraordinary work of art: “Echo of Poseidon”. In the future, it will greet incoming ships as they make their way into the world's largest inland port.
The sculpture is a creation of the famous contemporary sculptor Prof. Markus Lüpertz. He created the sculpture on the occasion of the 300 year anniversary of the Port of Duisburg. Lüpertz was the director of the Staatliche Kunsthochschule Düsseldorf for 21 years (until 2009), and also made a name for himself as a painter, graphic artist, stage designer, poet and musician. Before that, the artist also briefly worked as a miner on the Ruhr.
In Greek mythology, Poseidon was responsible for the world's seas, while his brothers Zeus and Hades looked after the heavens and the underworld, respectively. The Poseidon sculpture will reach a height of ten meters (including the base). Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder will unveil the work on 27 May in Duisburg.
“Culture and industry represent the two supporting elements of life in our region,” says the head of the Port of Duisburg, Erich Staake. “That is why we are particularly pleased that one of our greatest contemporary artists has agreed to make his own permanent contribution to the port's anniversary. With his impressive sculpture, Professor Markus Lüpertz is honoring the port's contribution to the successful structural transformation on the Ruhr, while also paying homage to the City of Duisburg, the region and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the duisport Group is certain: “Lüpertz’ works always polarize, but it is exactly this form of encounter that keeps art alive and turns the locations of this art into a place of on-going discussion.” North Rhine-Westphalia already boasts a number of such sites: Three Lüpertz sculptures can be found in the park of Schloss Bensberg, while “Mercurius” welcomes visitors in front of the Post Tower in Bonn. “Herkules” towers over the hoist frame of the former “Nordstern” mine in Gelsenkirchen, while Bonn is home to the “Ludwig van Beethoven” bronze sculpture. Currently, a large number of art works created by Markus Lüpertz are also on display at the MKM Museum Küppersmühle in Duisburg.