The roman-catholic church Sankt Elisabeth next to the Friedrichsplatz of Kassel, Germany might draw your attention as within its tower a giant person seems to be standing on golden sphere. It is an artwork of Stephan Balkenhol and one that lead to a long discussion. Exactly in parallel to the dOCUMENTA (13) art exhibition in 2012 the church arranged on exhibition of the works of Balkenhol on their grounds.

As the artwork on top is visible from the Friedrichsplatz and the Fridericianum and Balkenhol puts people at the centre of his works (and the dOCUMENTA avoided depictation of the human body) this was not seen as an addition but as an interference with the international art exhibition. But the artist declined a change of the exhibition timeframe. In the end the artwork in the tower remained at Kassel.

St. Elisabeth
Friedrichsplatz 13
34117 Kassel

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