There are a total of three border roses in Eurocity Guben-Gubin - two on the Polish and one on the German side. Each of the sculptures shows an abstract outline of a rose flower seen from above - its reflection has been treated on a square steel plate below. The whole is placed on a concrete plinth and integrated into a small landscape architecture.
Artist Thomas Rother's Border Roses are part of a European border project he has been working on since 2005. As part of this project, the steel sculptures, which symbolise the idea of reconciliation, are set up at sites that recall the tragic events of the Second World War. In total, there are already 45 sculptures in France, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.
Thomas Rother is a German painter, writer, journalist, and collector with an atelier in Zollverein in Essen.
»Symbolically, these roses are a sign of international understanding of peace on the borders of Germany. It is not without reason that the artist from Essen, Thomas Rother wanted to commemorate the victims of World War II with these steel roses. He sees his sculptures as a gesture of reconciliation: flowers instead of weapons« - Ute Richter, 11/11/2018, Lausitzer Rundschau.
Height: approximately 1.5 m
Width: 0.35 x 0.35 m