Three golden figures on the way to the government district. Appearances like from a mystical magic world. What do they mean? Who is behind it? BZ gives it away.
What turned up on a low-loader in Berlin are “Guardians of Time” in German: Guardians of Time. Ben Wagin (90) got it from an artist colleague from Austria for his “Parliament of Trees”.
For over 60 years, Ben Wagin has been creating spectacular art and activities in Berlin. As a tree sponsor, he fights for nature and against war and violence. This is what his “Parliament of Trees” stands in the middle of the government district. A memorial, a memorial, a green oasis in the concrete gray. Only recently was its preservation made permanent.
Wagin now had the three guards posted there. “They come from Manfred Kielnhofer,” reveals Wagin. “He brought her from Linz to Berlin”. Each of the guards measures 2.2 meters, is made of fiberglass and weighs 80 kilos. Kielnhofer has been producing these works of art in various sizes since 2006. The three Berliners are worth 10,000 euros each.
What do they mean? Kielnhofer: “Guardians of time are supposed to stimulate thinking, to reflect on time.” Sounds mysterious, it is, and fits in with Wagin’s place of thinking in Mitte.
Where Ben lives in Tiergarten, on Jospeh-Haydn-Straße, he has just opened an exhibition that can be seen on the weekends until Christmas. Under the motto “How well did it all start?”
Wagin says: “Nature will exist in nature, with or without us.” Regarding technology and machines, Wagin says wisely: “Every Beetle is superior to the car in terms of construction plan and metabolism.”