May 20, 2016
This week, the WordPress photo challenge takes a look at getting to know people as an artist by studying their Face. This week for the photo challenge, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the faces I’ve come across in my travels.
Many works of art masterfully depict faces to convey a message, an emotion, a brief snapshot of a period in time. I love to stroll through the galleries and piece together the past through the work of the great artists, marveling at their ability to capture so much within their canvas. But for this challenge, I decided to look at some of the faces of folk art and art in public spaces I encountered in Germany.
For me, the great art provides a glimpse of the epoch, the themes that prevail on the larger scale. I find that the art people make, the art that they keep in their homes and erect in their communal spaces, allows you to see the individuals. It shows you how they choose to honor what is most important to them.
As George Bernard Shaw famously wrote, “you use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
In Pfullendorf, a small town in southern Baden Württemberg we see the faces of the past in the local cemetery.
Half hidden by vines, a statue holds a thoughtful pose in a cemetery in Pfullendorf
A solemn figure on a grave marker in Pfullendorf’s cemetery.
A metal cross with the likeness of Mary and Jesus on a grave marker in Pfullendorf.
And in the water park, we see the faces of the future.
This statue looks over the water park in Pfullendorf.
In Burglengenfeld, a small town in Bavaria, we find the faces of the people in the local folk art.
Bavarian farmhouse style art is beautiful and functional. This wardrobe in Burglengenfeld’s Folk Art Museum, depicts a variety of Catholic themes.
Another exhibit in the folk art museum shows a traditional costume. Across southern Germany and Bavaria, as well as many areas in the Alps, masks play an integral part in many festivals. The masks themselves are often intricate works of art.
Another depiction of a Catholic theme on a wardrobe in the Folk Art Museum of Burglengenfeld.
A special exhibition of the Folk Art Museum of Burglengenfeld focused on the handcrafted toys of children in developing nations. The faces of toys reflect a reality of the children.
And the faces of the community in the public spaces.
The fountain of the main square in Burglengenfeld.
This statue stands in front of the Rathouse in Burglengenfeld.
The castle in Burglengenfeld is a home to many residents who participate in art therapy. Here on a tour of the castle, the guide talks about some of the royal faces the residents have chosen to depict. On a side note, this was our first outing in Bavaria after our move. We went on a 45 minute tour, and didn’t understand a word our guide said. It was all in Bayerisch!
And a glimpse into the soul as we view the faces in the Kunstwald.
The still woods of the Kunstwald provides the perfect resting spot for this giant.
An artists rendering of the face along the trail of the Kunstwald in Burglengenfeld.
A row of faces stands watch along the trail of the kunstwald in Burglengenfeld.
A carving along the trail of the Kunstwald in Burglengenfeld.
Carving along the trail of the Kunstwald in Burglengenfeld.
One of the many works by local artists on a forest trail in Burglengenfeld, it is known as the Kunstwald – the art woods.
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November 21, 2014
This week, the WordPress weekly photo challenge is Achievement. My interpretation of this week’s theme takes me back to Baden-Württemberg, to the city of Ulm.
Ulm is home to the Ulmer Münster. This building is a grand Achievement to say the least. Construction on the church began in 1377, and continued until it’s completion in 1890. For a period, it was the tallest building in the world, and to this day it remains the tallest steeple in the world. Many mistakenly refer to the Münster as a cathedral, but it was never the seat of a bishop. Although it was initially built to serve the Roman Catholic Church, as Ulm became Protestant during the reformation, so did the Münster.
One of my Achievements that day was climbing the 768 steps to top of the steeple. It was at times narrow, often steep, and enough to leave you breathless, but it is definitely worth the visit. There are signs to guide you, and many parts of the climb have a separate staircase for ascending and descending visitors – although many people do not heed the signs. The last section, was probably the most nerve-wracking for me. There is one final staircase to the last vantage point. Visitors press themselves against the sides to allow one another passage through the steep narrow stairs. The climb is worth it, the view from above is spectacular. From here, you can see much of the city below you, including the Donau (Danube) River. At that point in my journey in Germany though, the only thing I recognized from above was the IKEA located a slight distance away.
Looking up at the tallest steeple in the world.
Walking beside the beautiful church.
Looking down over the church as I begin my climb to the top of the steeple.
One of the creatures I encountered as I made my way up the tower.
Someone is always watching over the city of Ulm.
A metal flower adorns the gates of a cathedral.
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