Fritz Koenig: Brunnenanlage mit Kugelkaryatide N.Y. About the Object
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  • Brunnenanlage mit Kugelkaryatide N.Y.
  • Enhanced description
    • Fritz Koenig
    • Ganslberg/Landshut
  • 1968/72
  • H Kugelkaryatide 764 cm DM Brunnentisch 2500 cm / Material: Bronze Porphyr
    • Plastik
    • Bildhauer
    • Karyatide
    • Elfter September
    • World Trade Center (New York)
    • Fritz Koenig (1924-2017)
  • KOENIGmuseum
  • KOENIGmuseum
    • Fritz-und-Maria-Koenig-Stiftung
    • KOENIGmuseum - Picture Number: ba_F6_brunnen_kugelkary_ny
  • Licence of the Metadata: CC0
  • ZERSTÖRT: wvsk_416 in: Dietrich Clarenbach, Fritz Koenig. Skulpturen. Werkverzeichnis, mit einer Einführung von Peter Anselm Riedl, München 2003.- Dietrich Clarenbach, Bildbiografie. Sonderdruck aus: Fritz Koenig, Skulptur und Zeichnung, Katalog zur Ausstellung in der Neuen Pinakothek München 1988 und in der Akademie der Künste Berlin 1989, hrsg. von Peter-Klaus Schuster, München 1988. Durchgesehen und für die Jahre 1989 bis 1998 ergänzt, Landshut 1998, S. 13 f. ‒ Holger A. Klein, Von Ganslberg nach Manhattan. Fritz Koenigs Große Kugelkaryatide N.Y. (1967‒1972), in: Fritz Koenig 1924‒2017 ‒ Die Retrospektive, hrsg. von A. Rudigier, E. Schmidt, S. Weinmayr, Katalog anlässlich der Ausstellung in Florenz, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture, Boboli-Garten 21. Juni‒7. Oktober 2018, Livorno 2018, S. 236‒243.
  • 08.04.2019

Brunnenanlage mit Kugelkaryatide N.Y.

1968/72
  • Fritz Koenig
  • Ganslberg/Landshut

Description

In 1967, Fritz Koenig is commissioned by his New York gallery owner George Staempfli to design a fountain system for the plaza of the World Trade Center. Koenig tackles what he himself calls the "David/Goliath situation" by creating a formal counterweight to the towers by the architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986): an almost 8-metre-high fountain sculpture on whose extremely compressed, twisted caryatid figure a huge ball rests. It was produced in a specially erected workshop on the grounds of the artists' estate. After its completion, the monumental sculpture was shipped to New York. “The Sphere" was erected there in 1972. It rotated around its own axis every 15 minutes on a fountain table made of black porphyry. 600 litres of water flowed per second from the nozzles under the bronze sculpture. The system's highly complex technology was designed at the Technical University of Munich, where Koenig had held a teaching position since 1964. Fritz Koenig's most famous work was destroyed as a fountain during the terrorist attack on 11 September, 2001 but it survived the inferno with severe damage as a sculpture, taking on a new meaning as a symbol of mourning but also of fortification. The sculpture was temporarily exhibited in New York's Battery Park before being moved to Liberty Park.

Stephanie Gilles M.A.

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