Bitte nicht wieder klauen - Utrecht, the Netherlands
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Becktracker
N 52° 06.447 E 005° 07.805
31U E 645873 N 5775129
Quick Description: Humoristic artwork made after the orginial artwork on this location in Utrecht was stolen
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Date Posted: 11/26/2021 6:52:45 AM
Waymark Code: WM15AWW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
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The statue is from 2011. It is a polished stainless steel sculpture, height approx. 85 cm, on an existing pedestal (87cm x 50 cm x 60 cm) from which the original work was stolen. Concept in collaboration with Hagen Betzwieser. Permanent work in public space commissioned by the municipality of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The sculpture De Balspelers, two people engaged in a ballgame, by Jan Spiering, was stolen from its pedestal in Tuindorp, Utrecht, in 2008. Schlegel created a new artwork for the ‘orphaned’ pedestal utilizing the idea of ‘absent presence’ of the ball and the theme of the homo ludens as a tribute to Spiering’s sculpture. Suggesting the popular magic trick of the floating ball under a cloth, Schlegel’s polished steel sculpture shows the contours of a ball under a supple cloth, but when it is viewed from below it proves to be hollow. The iron stump on the pedestal bears testimony to the theft.

During the inauguration, a priest happened to be present. The priest blessed the artwork so that it won’t be stolen again!
Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Weekday Hours: From: 8:00 AM To: 8:00 PM

Weekend Hours: From: 8:00 AM To: 8:00 PM

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