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  •  Gnome Marx (4+ / 0-)

    Spiegel: Artist Immortalizes Marx as Garden Gnome

    In honor of Karl Marx's 195th birthday, [Political artist Ottmar Hörl] has spread out 500 plastic figurines of the famous thinker in Trier, the western German city near the border with Luxembourg where Marx was born. Each miniature sculpture, which stands less than a meter (3.3 feet) tall, portrays Marx in the exact same pose, but in different shades of red.


    No matter what we personally think about Marx and his philosophy of history, if he is reduced to the figure of a bearded little chap, the great thinker joins the ranks of other city mascots like the Berlin bear or Hamburg's Hans Hummel. The Marx-gnome may become a popular subject for tourist photos or a favorite for children to climb around on, but it will hardly stir a debate about Marx' ideas -- at least not about anything that goes beyond the simplistic message of Hörl's artwork, which claims that not every shade of red is the same and that Marxism can be interpreted in myriad ways.

    •  trier has a lovely cathedral (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, JML9999

      nice statues of protestant leaders in front.

      and a wonderful acoustical crypt, also.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:25:52 PM PDT

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