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Sculpture The Thinkers' Bench (Denkerbank (Bankleser, Lesebank))


Sculpture The Thinkers' Bench (Denkerbank (Bankleser, Lesebank))


A wooden-steel bench without a back that serves as a seat for both passers-by and and two stainless steel figures incorporated into it. The two postures are nearly two-dimensional, each of them holding a book in hand and sit with their backs turned to each other at opposite ends of the bench. They work like a screen for passers-by who use the bench.

Historical background

The sculpture was commissioned and financed entirely by the Marketing und Tourismus Guben e.V. The project was carried out in Gubener Kunstgilde under the direction of Manfred Ewersbach. The company MAS GmbH Guben was responsible for the execution. Detailed information on the sculpture can be obtained from Olaf Pehle, Technical Manager of MAS GmbH Guben.

“As a company from Guben, we engage instinctively in designing the city's spatial elements that would diversify its panorama. In addition to the permanent rearrangement of our company headquarters in the very center of Guben, we also support Marketing und Tourismus Guben e.V. in its efforts to create an attractive and culturally interesting city center. The Thinkers' Bench is an everyday object that the people of Guben like to use".

The text above is based on the material provided by the company MAS GmbH.

Information about the artists

Klaus Bramburger

  • Born in 1936 in the area of today's Gubin (Poland)
  • 1963-1968: studied painting at the special school of painting and graphics in Dresden, Cottbus branch.
  • Later, he studied ceramics and plastic for two years.
  • 1971: received the 3rd Carl Blechen Prize
  • 1977: awarded the "Medal for Merit in the National Artistic Creativity",
  • 1974: runs his own studio in Guben.

Artwork review

The sculpture is an example of a public space - here a bench. The whole is to encourage passers-by to a moment of reflection and deliberation, as well as to draw attention to the importance of literature, which is losing its strength. The location of the bench also gives the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the Guben downtown, with its entire history in the background.


Berliner Str. 1 / Gubener Dreieck, 03172 Guben, Germany

Year of creation/if applies changes

Date of purchase: 2004

Investor/architect/creator etc.
Design: Klaus Bramburger, Production: Maschinen- und Anlagen-Service GmbH
Object's condition
Very Good
Technical information

Material: stainless steel and wood