Sometimes you are so busy in Mingaland, that you forget to look at the art gems right in front of your face. Yesterday, this fact was brought to my attention when a childhood friend asked me where he could see the Georg Elser memorial.
“The one that lights up every night.”
“I have no clue what you are talking about.”
Finishing our diner, my friend asked if I would go with him to watch the memorial light up. Since I had no clue what he was talking about and I hate not knowing what people are talking about, I wandered with him up to Maxvorstadt to visit the memorial at 21:20.
This is what we saw:
Silke Wagner created the installation in 2009 memorialising Georg Elser’s attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler. The 5.1 meter art installation hangs on the wall of a building and remains unlit except for one minute each day at the moment the explosion.
I looked around at the people eating dinner and chatting at the local bars surrounding the memorial and wondered if we were the only ones that understood why the lights were flashing for the one minute shortly before half past nine.
If you are in the area, please go check out this wall installation dedicated to a very brave soul and created by an artist who wants you to pay attention to your past and Germany’s present.
Georg Elser Platz – Tuerkenstrasse, Munich, Germany (Near Schellingstrasse) If you still can’t find it, hunt down Cafe Zeitgeist. It is on the building right before this cafe.