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Berlin Art at Site www.berlinkunst.info Jonathan Borofsky	Molecule Man
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Jonathan Borofsky

Molecule Man

1997
Fanny-Zobel-Straße 25
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Shape
Three male figures meet each other. In the athletic figures you can see small openings arranged in a regular pattern. The men are slightly different: one is standing little more straight, another has the hind leg slightly stretched and the third holds his front leg a little higher. The men are having fun; they have opened their mouths. The artwork raises a few questions: why is it called molecule-man? What would be expressed with the openings in the profile? Why are these three men indicates by the title as only one man?

Material
The shiny steel evokes the feeling of perfection. The statue is large; 10 meters or even 15 meters high. Why is the artwork standing in the water? Would the reflection of the figures in the water maybe important?

Location
The sculpture stands near the center of Berlin, on the edge of the wide river Spree, which flows through the heart of the city.

Impact
The artwork is so large and near the center of Berlin, that you would think that the Berliners appreciate the artwork.

Meaning
The image is optimistic and an ode to modern mankind. The men make close contact with each other, they are moving strong and they are having fun.

Compared with other works
Apparent technical components prove to be enlargements of eyes, mouth, fingers, shoes. The title is Le Dandy (Los Angeles, picture 1, more information). It seems that Jean Dubuffet wanted to expose vanity. It is not clear whether the work is intended as a deconstruction of the character of the person or that it’s making a joke on the person.

This person is incorporated into larger and smaller structures (Human Condition, Agenore Fabbri, Milan, picture 2, more information). It’s a pity for this man that the structures don’t seems to move and therefore this man seems quite lonely.

This statue La Demeure Humanine by Ossip Zadkine (Amsterdam, picture 3, more information) is of a wondrous beauty. The persons are connected with each other and their environment. The material is interesting. The artwork is in dialogue with other coeval works (made by Brague, Piscasso).

This strong woman Mama Branka by Nelson Carrilho (Amsterdam, picture 4, more information) is made of earth, but it is cracked and broken. The woman is looking sad and holding her head slightly turned out of pity. This bronze structure seems to be made of slices of earth. The woman is having her hands nearby and this time this generous woman is not willing to hug. She is apparently full of sorrow and needs time to process this. This is a good and important work.

The artwork Quantum Cload by Anthony Gormley (London, temporary, picture 1, more information) once stood on a structure inside the Thames, with on the background the elements air and water. This artwork is a good starting point for a creative and meaningful artwork that makes use of the elements which are surrounding the artwork.
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Die Figur des Bildhauers Jonathan Borofsky wurde im Mai 1999 hier aufgestellt. Sie wurde von der Allianz-Versicherungs AG als Kunst am Bau für ihr Bürogebäude in Auftrag gegeben. Die drei Männer symbolisieren die drei Berliner Bezirke Treptow und Friedrichshain (ehemalige Ostberliner Bezirke) sowie Kreuzberg (Westbezirk), die hier an der Spree aufeinander treffen und jahrzehntelang voneinander getrennt waren. Durch die Bezirksreform im Jahr 2001 wurden die Bezirke Friedrichshain und Kreuzberg zu einem Bezirk zusammengelegt.