GERMANY: Streetart Frankfurt – Theodor Heuss Allee 2 – Einheitsmännchen

“Einheitsmännchen” by artist Ottmar Hörl from 2015.

“Einheit” means the German unification and “Männchen” is a little man. In 2015, Hessen hosted the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of German reunification. On this occasion, the Hessian State Chancellery invited Ottmar Hörl to develop an art installation for the project “Overcoming Borders”. Ottmar Hörl takes up the well-known traffic light man; originally developed by Karl Peglau in 1961 and reformulates it. The two-dimensional pictogram of a green little man was transformed into a three-dimensional, fully plastic, monochrome figure – the “Einheitsmännchen”. It´s cosmopolitan, friendly and positive looking into the future, smiling, reaching out for each other’s hands, energetic, dynamic, courageous and resolute. On the occasion of ING-DiBa’s 50th birthday in 2015, the Bank supported the celebration of the 25th anniversary of German unity at its headquarters in Frankfurt. The 3. 50 metre high “Einheitsmännchen” is the only special edition of the ING-DiBa made in orange by the artist Ottmar Hörl. [ from information board ]


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