Hans & his son, Jens, are public sculptors. They do large-scale, stone fountains and works -- that involve the entire surrounding community. Together, with the people of the town & a part of the town's history -- they make art. CooL.
So next Fritag abend -- in Bad Salzdetfurth --- The town will celebrate "Der Soltmann" and his 25th Birthday. Bad Salzdetfurth was built around its salt deposits underground. And today -- it has many spas and saltwater baths. So yes. We have started putting together scans & texts for an exhibit in the town hall, and a sign that will be posted at the site. So thats what my days have consisted of this week. (& the Hildesheim Markt this morning, of course.***)
Below -- is information from the town website. A little history & whatnot... :)
BAD SALZDETFURTH: 25 YEAR 'SOLTMANN' - Sculpture Celebrates Bday
The sculpture was built from sandstone and steel in a six-week campaign in 1986. It represents a mine squire who breaks down salt in his machine underground .
The Soltmann is a joint effort of the sculptor Hans-Werner Kalkmann, Almstadt Otto and Klaus Müller-pitcher and was developed as part of a contact-art campaign in 1986. The sculpture was done locally and contains many elements of mining and urban history. Thus, the legs end in stylized waves, a reference to the brine, which was the basis of the place. Even the salt on his left hook in the best traditions of Salzpfänner. The metal parts were made by apprentices in the Kali + Salz AG.
Initially, the very controversial sculpture is now firmly anchored in the cityscape. After the former mine director Horst Hotze (who died in April 2011) the object has received the popular name "Hotze" or "Hotze2".
Ceremony -- History of sculpture -- Appreciation of the mine director Horst Hotze -- Musical program with the marching band of the mountain man club "Good luck" -- Skiffle Board