Hafenarbeiter — Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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N 50° 06.013 E 008° 40.081
32U E 476257 N 5549826
Quick Description: Der "Hafenarbeiter" (dock worker) is a sculpture by Belgian artist Constantin Meunier, standing at the southern bridgehead of the Friedensbrücke
Location: Hessen, Germany
Date Posted: 9/17/2013 2:54:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ3H9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:

Der belgische Bildhauer Constantin Meunier (1831-1905) schuf im Jahr 1893 die Skulptur "Hafenarbeiter". Die Bronzeplastik steht am südlichen Brückenkopf der Friedensbrücke in Frankfurt am Main und erinnert daran, dass sich unmittelbar flussabwärts der Brücke der ehemalige Frankfurter Westhafen befindet, der von 1885 bis 1999 in Betrieb war.
Die Figur ist etwas überlebensgroß und stellt einen Lastenträger in Arbeitskleidung dar. Zum Schutz des Nackens vor Kohlestaub und vor Wundscheuern beim Schleppen von Säcken aus Jutegewebe trägt er eine Art Kapuze als Nackenschutz. Das Motiv "arbeitende Menschen" wird als charakteristisch für das bildhauerische Werk Meuniers angesehen. Gleichartige Plastiken befinden sich in Antwerpen, Stockholm, Dresden, Kopenhagen und in Lima.
Die Skulptur ist eine Stiftung des Unternehmers Leo Gans, mit Hilfe seines Kunstfonds kaufte die Stadt Frankfurt im Jahr 1906 zwei Meunier-Plastiken an, den "Sämann" und den "Hafenarbeiter".

The Belgian sculptor Constantin Meunier (1831-1905) created in 1893 the sculpture "Hafenarbeiter" ("dock worker"). The bronze sculpture stands at the southern bridgehead of the Friedensbrücke in Frankfurt, and reminds, that down river of the bridge was located the former Frankfurt Western Harbour, which was in operation from 1885 to 1999.
The figure is slightly larger than life and represents a load carrier in work clothes. To protect the neck from coal dust and to protect against chafing when towing bags of jute fabrics, he wears a kind of hood. The motif of "working people" is considered to be characteristic of Meunier's sculptural work. Similar sculptures are located in Antwerp, Stockholm, Dresden, Copenhagen and in Lima.
The sculpture is a foundation of the entrepreneur Leo Gans, with the help of his his art fund, the city of Frankfurt bought in 1906 two Meunier-sculptures, the "Sämann" (the Sower) and the "Hafenarbeiter".

Quelle / source: Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main / Referat Bildende Kunst, wikipedia

Sector of the workforce: dock worker

Created or Donated by which group: Constantin Meunier

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