The monument to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not survive even two years, reports the dpa agency. Already in spring, there was significant damage to the monument weighing one and a half tons, but this time it was completely destroyed.
A 3D equestrian monument to the former German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Etsdorf it did not survive even two years – writes the dpa agency. According to artist Wilhelm Koch, the 2.7-meter sculpture collapsed on the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
Angela Merkel’s monument has not stood the test of time
Already in spring, there was significant damage to the monument weighing one and a half tons. The horse’s head broke off and one of the CDU politician’s hands fell off. However, the statue was reassembled and restored. According to Koch, this made the sculpture visually make a good impression again. But now there has been complete destruction.
Unfortunately, the 3D print was not very durable and was not suitable for outdoor use, Koch concluded.
In October 2021, the monument was unveiled at the Tempel Museum in Etsdorf. At that time, Merkel was still head of the German government. It showed the chancellor sitting on a horse, wearing her typical trousers and jacket, with her hands formed into the famous “Merkel rhombus”. The sculpture was made of recycled lightweight concrete using an appropriate 3D printer.
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