Road of Sculptures
Between St. Wendel and Lake Bostalsee, you can experience examples of contemporary art along an approximately 19 km long open-air gallery. In combination with the sculptures, this unusually charming landscape offers hikers an extraordinary experience.
The origin of the Road of Sculptures was in the sculpture symposium on the heights between St. Wendel and Baltersweiler, which took place in 1971/72. A total of 14 sculptures were created for the symposium by 15 artists from six countries. The initiator is the artist Leo Kornbrust from St. Wendel.
The initial impetus came from the sculptor Karl Prantl, who had already held similar symposia in Burgenland in Austria in the past. However, Leo Kornbrust never let go of the idea of extending the symposium to create a complete road of sculptures. When in 1973, during excavation work by a St. Wendel building company, huge sandstone blocks suddenly came loose on a nearby slope, Leo Kornbrust immediately took the initiative and had the raw blocks set up at selected, scenic points along the Saarland circular hiking route. The idea was to have artists work on the stones over the next few years. Two sculptures were created two years before the official opening, which were meant to link the symposium with the planned road of sculptures: Han van Wetering created the sculpture "Fish Head" and Yoshimi Hashimoto the sculpture "Large Foot". The "Road of Sculptures" was officially opened in 1979 with the inauguration of the "Love Throne" sculpture by Leo Kornbrust and a sculpture by Franz-Xaver Ölzant. In the meantime, many artists from Germany and abroad have created more than 50 works. Among them were some ephemeral objects as well as museum objects which are no longer on display. The Road of Sculptures was then extended to Peterberg.
The idea of a Road of Sculptures as a road of peace connecting people from different countries goes back to the Polish artist Otto Freundlich, who already dreamed of creating such a road back in the 1930s. Unfortunately, Otto Freundlich was no longer able to turn his idea into reality. During the Nazi era, he was arrested as a Jew in 1943 and interned in Majdanek concentration camp, where he died in the same year. The Road of Sculptures in St. Wendel is dedicated to him. At the starting point of the Road of Sculptures at the Basilica of St. Wendelin in St. Wendel, Leo Kornbrust paid tribute to the renowned sculptor and painter Freundlich with the text "Voie de la fraternité et solidarité humaine" on his sculpture "Pyramid".
Leo Kornbrust never gave up on the idea of creating a road of sculptures that would connect peoples. The “Leader” programme in the district of St. Wendel County made it possible to continue with the road: by integrating further sculpture symposia as well as by the creation of further sculptures by international artists, a “Road of Peace” lined with sculptures was created between Normandy in France and Moscow.
The brochure "A hike along the Road of Sculptures from St. Wendel to Lake Bostalsee" contains descriptions of the sculptures in German (available in our online shop and on site at Sankt Wendeler Land Tourist Information Office).
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The Road of Sculptures Tour leads you along the sculpture road from St. Wendel to Bosen. All locations of the sculptures both on and off the route are included in the map and interesting facts and a photo describe each sculpture.
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