The site for erecting the statue will be a public place in Essen that is yet to be chosen. Contrary to my first designs, (fig.03) it should not be a highly frequented urban square but a space in the city's green belt. To make the statue accessible, it should be situated either embedded in a natural slope or endowed with a secured platform behind its back (fig.04). The site should be accessible by means of a footpath but needs to be "discoverable", in the manner of Nashorn by Johannes Brus or Bramme by Richard Serra, thus being in clear contrast to statues of such establishment figures as Kaiser Wilhelm or Bismarck (to name but two examples).
Tarzan is the hero of a novel, created in 1912 by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This now global literary figure is known throughout all nations: a universal cultural asset. Tarzan, the son of European parents, grew up alone in the jungle and, raised by apes, eventually became Lord of the jungle. His outstanding talent was to utter cries, (described in Burroughs' novel and immortalized in several film versions), which play a decisive role in his powers, and secures him a popular place in numerous cultures.
"The site is round a corner, a hidden-away Speaker's Corner" (Alwin Titzerath)
|to the top||© 2009· TIZ °|