Thursday, August 18, 2005

The seeds of fruit must not be grounded

Not too far from the Potse is Berlin's 'Green Lung', the Tiergarten. I've constantly been riding past the view of this little scenic bridge, reminds me of a Monet painting.

Interesting facts: Tiergarten means Animal-garden, as it's the old royal hunting grounds. Also, it's Free Body Culture, i.e. nudity is encouraged. And believe me, when you ride through on a sunny day, you'll see a lot of schlongs. 

Killed in Action (1921)

On the Zoologischer Garten side of the Tiergarten, there' the Käthe Kollwitz museum. Her emotional art pieces were about the poverty and sickness she witnessed helping her beloved husband, doctor to the poor; and the consequences of war - doesn't sound like it would interest the militant Prussian establishment much (she was removed from the Academy of Arts by the King).

Her son died in WW1 and her grandson in WW2. During WW1, a well known writer urged the Army on with the call: “Fight! To the last drop of blood!” 

Kollwitz quoted Goethe – her favourite writer - in response, “I will quote a much greater man: the seeds of fruit must not be grounded.”

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