Holbein Pferdle - Freiburg - Schwarzwald - Baden-Württemberg - Deutschland

.. our little pony

A little stone statue has become an unlikety media star across Germany with a book and dozens of TV appearances to its name. Holbein the pony was created in 1936 by sculptor Werner Gürtner. Four years later it was put up in a suburb of Freiburg called Holbein. In the early eighties the statue was subjected to its first anonymous cosmetic treatment, though with only modest artistic pretensions. Now hardly a mounth goes by without the stone horse receiving a new outfit, thanks to the efforts of unknown sprayers and graffiti artists. The results are frequently inspired by topical themes. "Shell to hell" appeared at the time of the Brent Spar controversy; "Non Chirac" signalted indignation at the nuclear tests on the Mururua atoll; and in early summer the horse featured an ozone warning. 
The approach of summer 1995 found Holbein kitted out for the sea, in a blue and white striped one-piece bathing costume, cumplete with red-lacquered hooves and sunhat. In June 1995 Holbein vanished beneath a swathe of canvas simulating Christo's packaging of the Reichstag in Berlin. Christmas was heralded with a red-bouted and white-whiskered Father Christmas.

When Germany won Euro 96, the kurse assumed the unmistakahle features of footballer Christian Ziege complete with his three-day-unshaven look. With the help of daisies or beribboned Easter eggs, even engagements and wedding days are immortalised by an appropriate message. Occasionally the sculpture becomes an unofficial advertising hoarding for curporations such as Coca-Cola, Milka chocolate and Nivea. 
Accumulated layers of spray paint have actually prolonged the horse's life - normal weathering would have caused as demise years ago. Artists who wield their brushes on the horse stick to certain unwritten rules: a large portion of humour and a certain amount of artistic talent is required, and the transformations only take place under cover of darkness. 
And, most important of all, the identity of the artists is kept a close secret.

from The European Magazine, November 1997

More about the Holbein Little Horse on it's Homepage: Holbein Pferd

The Tram, Line 4 to Guernterstal, is espescially for Willy Kaemena ;-)

View More »

Copyright: Manfred huchler
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10642x5321
Uploaded: 26/03/2012
Updated: 04/08/2014


Tags: holbein little horsey; holbein pferdle; freiburg; black forest; werner guertner; statue; baden-wuerttemberg; huchler; manfred huchler
comments powered by Disqus

Manfred Huchler
Freiburg - Lorettoberg - Schloßcafe Garten
Manfred Huchler
Lorettoberg Schloßcafe Terrasse Freiburg Schwarzwald
Manfred Huchler
Lorettoberg Schloßcafe Kleiner Raum Freiburg Schwarzwald
Manfred Huchler
Lorettoberg Schlosscafe Terrassenraum Freiburg Schwarzwald
Carsten T. Rees
Chapel on top of the Lorettoberg, Freiburg, Black Forest
Manfred Huchler
Josefskapelle - Lorettoberg - Freiburg - Schwarzwald
Manfred Huchler
Lorettoberg Freiburg Schloßcafe Schwarzwald
Carsten T. Rees
Hilda Tower on the Lorettoberg in Freiburg, Black Forest
Manfred Huchler
Lorettoberg Freiburg Weg zum Hildaturm
Carsten T. Rees
Stations of the Cross, Lorettoberg, Freiburg, Black Forest
Carsten T. Rees
Stations of the Cross, Lorettoberg, Freiburg, Black Forest – View 2
Carsten T. Rees
Freiburg Wasserschlössle, Historical Water Storage
Kurt Van Ness
Dos Lagos Bamboo Bridge - 3
Julien Mordret
INDONESIA - Raja Ampat Islands - Sailing at Pulau Pef
John Roberts
White Rock Overlook, New Mexico, USA
The banks of Yara's landfill area
jan dolk
Hairdresser in el nido
John Gore
Death Valley after Bush Fires near Kuruman
Willy Kaemena
SUBTE Linea A - 2011
Martin Broomfield
Union Building, Pretoria
Marek Koszorek
Dunas De Maspalomas
Arroz Marisco
The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake
Sergey Kalinin
winter crossing, the River Pechora
Stefano Gelli
Uscita Torre Grossa - San Gimignano
Manfred Huchler
Aftersteg Ski Lift - Slope 1 - Black Forest - Germany
Manfred Huchler
Aftersteg Skilift - Dachsrain - Schwarzwald - Deutschland
Manfred Huchler
Duxer Bubble - Start Children - 22nd Alpine Sport Week - Hochkrimml - Zillertal Arena - Austria
Manfred Huchler
Madonna in Mary´s Garden - View up to the Sculpture - Forst - Palatine - Germany
Manfred Huchler
Duxer Bubble - Ski Slope below Giant Slalom Start - Gerlosplatte - Hochkrimml - Zillertal Arena - Austria
Manfred Huchler
Speyer Cathedral - Inside Domnapf - Maximilian Street - Palatine - Germany
Manfred Huchler
Duxer Bubble - Food Kiosk - 22nd Alpine Sport Week - Hochkrimml - Zillertal Arena - Austria
Manfred Huchler
Schoenberg Summit - Wittnau - Freiburg - Black Forest - Baden-Wuerttemberg - Germany
Manfred Huchler
Feldberg - Seebuck Snowpark - Black Forest - Baden-Wuerttemberg - Germany
Manfred Huchler
Eva in Paradise's Garden - Deidesheim - Palatine - Germany - 5.05 p.m.
Manfred Huchler
Bergen-Belsen - Concentration Camp - Anne Frank Gravestone - Lower Saxony - Germany
Manfred Huchler
Aftersteg Ski Lift - Slope 2 - Black Forest - Germany
More About Germany

Germany? Before the beginning there was Ginnungagap, an empty space of nothingness, filled with pure creative power. (Sort of like the inside of my head.)And it ends with Ragnarok, the twilight of the Gods. In between is much fighting, betrayal and romance. Just as a good Godly story should be.Heroes have their own graveyard called Valhalla. Unfortunately we cannot show you a panorama of it at this time, nor of the lovely Valkyries who are its escort service.Hail Odin, wandering God wielding wisdom and wand! Hail Freya, hail Tyr, hail Thor!Odin made the many lakes and the fish in them. In his traverses across the lands he caused there to be the Mulheim Bridge in Cologne, as did he make the Mercury fountain, Mercury being of his nature.But it is to the mighty Thor that the Hammering Man gives service.Between the time of the Nordic old ones and that of modern Frankfort there may have been a T.Rex or two on the scene. At least some mastodons for sure came through for lunch, then fell into tar pits to become fossils for us to find.And there we must leave you, O my most pure and holy children.Text by Steve Smith.