This nice card was sent to me by Esther. It is one of sculptures in Viersen in Germany. The Viersen Sculpture Collection belongs to the major sculpture parks in Germany and is located in the centre of Viersen (North Rhine-Westphalia).
The Viersen Sculpture Collection was built up during the last 25 years by the donation of the American businessman and former Viersen citizen William Pohl as well as by other donations and funds from the “Stiftung Kunst und Kultur” of North Rhine-Westfalia. So the park surrounding the City Art Gallery “Galerie im Park” developed into a fine sculpture collection contributed by well renowned artists.
When in 1992 the 12 meters high steel sculpture New Star consisting of five parts, which was already created in 1986/87 by the US-Artist Mark di Suvero, was first erected on loan on the Diergardt-Place, a storm of protest against it arose via letters to the editor of the local paper by Viersen citizens. This example of modern art was too alien to many of them. Meanwhile repeated information over the artists and their works, the international acceptance of the exhibition shown by numerous visitors from all over Germany, as well as other countries and extensive media coverage have led to a change of heart among the citizenry.
The sculpture shown on the card was the creation of Günter Haese, and very aptly named Optimus II. The sculpture is made of Brass and stainless steel and is Approx. 7 x 5 x 1.50 m. It was created in 2006-2007. And is located in the park next to the Städtische Galerie.
The town of Viersen is on the left Lower Rhine in the west of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is a large district town of Viersen in the administrative district of Dusseldorf . The city is seat of the district Viersen. Contrary to popular belief, the town name derives not from "Four Lakes", but on the old name "Viers" today the so-called "Bach's villages" near the "Emperor mill".