Certain natural events, although seemingly insignificant, achieve such a perfect symbolic meaning that it is difficult not to see a divine message in them. This is the case of the only equestrian statue erected in honor of the former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which yesterday spontaneously collapsed under its own weight.
The eccentric tribute was unveiled on October 8, 2021 to commemorate Merkel’s chancellorship in the grounds of the Tempel Museum in Etsdorf, by a “communications designer” and artist. Wilhelm Koch.
Koch founded the Tempel Museum in 2010 in a defunct school building as an exhibition space and a dubious monument to democracy and the “European idea,” Whatever it is.
In a 2021 Spiegel interview, Koch characterized the monument as “ironic” and a “personal tribute” to the former chancellor. Its inauguration complemented an exhibition on equestrian statues. The purpose was to make an oblique comment on the fact that such representations have fallen out of favor in the liberal West, where they seem particularly ill-suited to the doughy, dirty, bureaucratized politicians who plague us, and of whom Merkel is particularly paradigmatic. He denied the sculpture a pedestal, because Merkel is too “modest” for such a thing. He also dispensed with the saddle and reins, explaining that Merkel “doesn’t need” this equipment to ride a horse and that she “didn’t want to make a caricature”. He placed her on an American quarter horse, imagining it might have been “a gift from Donald Trump.”
The sculpture itself was constructed from recycled lightweight concrete through an “innovative” 3D printing process.:
The complex object proves it the great opportunity to free construction from its technical and geometrical limitations through intelligent material printing processes. At the same time, this process protects the environment and resources, because art and buildings are produced without formwork and waste.
It turns out that “free[ing]”sculpt from “technical and geometric constraints” (read: Koch’s total lack of sculpting skill and talent), while “protecting[ing] the environment and resources” has a drawback. Unlike any other equestrian statue around, Merkel and her horse could not stand the test of time. After a short time his right arm and the horse’s head had fallen off and had to be reattached.
After the repairs, Koch decided to abandon the bronze and paint everything a hideous white, giving the whole an eerie plastic look.
Since yesterday, heaven has freed the world from this monstrosity:
How fitting that these ruins now decorate the grounds of the sad Tempel Museum. Nothing could more perfectly represent the state of the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and Merkel’s legacy in 2023. The former chancellor followed in the footsteps of previous statesmen, churning out lunatic policy after lunatic policy just to prop up his own political position. , he subjected Germans to some of the continent’s longest and toughest pandemic restrictions, then left office before facing the consequences of his mismanagement and incompetence. Divine forces have transformed Koch’s exercise in Merkel idolatry into a scathing commentary on the state of affairs.