Whirlwind

Object: Whirlwind
Location: Hostatostraße
District: Höchst
Artist: Nele-Riehle, E.R.
Technique: Stainless steel
Date: 2008
Occasion: Given to the public on 11th April 2008 as part of the re-designed square.
On the recently re-designed Dalbergplatz in Frankfurt's district of Höchst, at the corner of Hostatostrasse, stands the steel-sculpture "Whirlwind" (2008) by Frankfurt artist E.R.Nele-Riehle. Lord Mayor Petra Roth gave the sculpture to the public in a ceremony on 11th April 2008. The 5m-tall stainless steel construction consists of two pieces: the lower part is formed by two triangular tapering columns whose upper parts twist on their axes and meet, leading up to a moveable figurative element. The counterpoint of this vertical arch is given by a volumetric, horizontally-posed figure. One of the figure's elongated feet ends in a spiral. Upper and lower parts of the sculpture are connected by a joint, allowing the upper part to move when it is caught by the wind. It's the interaction with the wind that lends the sculpture its lightness and charm, and accounts for its name.