The impressive bas-relief by Jo Jastram is located on the south side of the main building of the former polyclinic. The concrete relief slabs in six different sizes are arranged according to the structure and structure of the building and show the theme "The Variety of Our Lives". From smooth surfaces blended into the wall, to deep reliefs, the artist designed three-dimensional figurative scenes using deep reliefs placed in the wall. The scenes, presented in a socialist way, refer to the events of everyday life: the family sitting with the mother with the baby and standing next to the father with a child in his arms; the show procession; dancers; work in the factory.
The building of the factory polyclinic was erected in the years 1964-1965, when with the settlement of new employees (7,000 employees in a chemical fiber factory) it became necessary to expand medical care. The functional building was built using prefabricated elements typical of the Eastern Bloc. Responsible for the architectural finishing of the building, the "Socialist Working Group" (Ger. "Sozialistische Arbeitsgemeinschaft") announced in 1964 a competition to design a relief on the narrow side of the clinic building. The contestants were the victorious Joachim "Jo" Jastram, Heinz Mamat, Alfred Priebe, Werner Stötzer and Jürgen von Woyski. Contrary to the original plans to design only part of the wall, the Jastram design was installed five years later with minor tweaks across the entire surface.
After the end of production at the artificial fiber factory, the polyclinic lost its function and remained empty for a long time. Today, the building is used as an office space for an IT service provider.
Socialist realist art of the GDR. The scenes, presented in a socialist way, refer to the events of everyday life: the family sitting with the mother with the baby and standing next to the father with a child in his arms; the show procession; dancers; work in the factory.
Forster Str. 31, 03172 Guben, Germany
Dimensions: 14 m x 12,8 m
Material: concrete relief