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Friedensengel, Friedensdenkmal, Maximiliansanlage, Bogenhausen, Muenchen, Munich, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday around Munich: tall gold Nike in peace

Standing high in Maximiliansanlage (Maximilian Park) is a peace monument 38-metres (125-feet) tall constructed by Heinrich Düll, Georg Pezold, and Max Heilmaier. The Friedensengel (angel of peace) with the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, was completed and raised in 1899 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of the Franco-Prussian War.

The monument and column sit at the top of a square temple with the Prinzregent-Luitpold-Terrasse observation platform where visitors can see west down Prinzregentenstrasse. In her right hand, Nike holds an olive branch in peace; in her left hand she holds a small figure of the goddess Athena to represent both war and wisdom.

I made this photo on 23 Feb 2017 with the Canon EOS6D mark1, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/9, ISO1000, and 220mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-kpQ.

Maibaum, Kirche St. Johann Baptist, Wiener Platz, Au-Haidhausen, Muenchen, Munich, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday around Munich: Maibaum am Wiener Platz

Above/featured: Maypole at Wiener Platz, facing west to the church of St. John the Baptist.

If I hadn’t already identified the location as somewhere inside Munich, one would think this was the main square in a small Bavarian town. The square here was named “Wiener Platz” (Vienna Square) in 1891 next to an access route joining with the main road leading east-southwest out of Munich in the direction of Vienna. The farmers’ market here in the square opened for the first time in November 1901. After destruction from bombing in World War Two, survivors rebuilt the square in the post-war years. Dressed in the distinctive Bavarian colours of blue and white, the Maibaum (May pole) was raised in the centre of the square in May 2013; the original tree was felled a few months earlier in the forest near Arget (Sauerlach) south of Munich.

I made this photo on 23 Feb 2017 with the Canon EOS6D mark1, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/11, ISO500, and 28mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-kpI.

Memorial for the Kamloops Residential School, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Vancouver: Memorial for the Kamloops Residential School

In late-May 2021, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced the discovery of 215 children buried in a mass grave at a former residential school near Kamloops, British Columbia; ground-penetrating radar was used to locate the remains.

During a period of 160 years, the Government of Canada in concert with churches constructed residential schools in a state-sponsored process of “aggressive assimilation” to make children of Indigenous people “less aboriginal and more white” with instruction in English and Christianity in order to erase the children’s traditions and cultural ties.

More than 150-thousand children were sent to some 130 residential schools across Canada between 1830s and the 1990s. Forcibly removed from their homes and parents, children of Indigenous peoples were forced into the schools where they faced neglect and physical and sexual abuse. Physical records indicate a total of over 4000 children deaths; the actual number is very likely much higher. Many children were not buried properly, parents were not notified about what happened to their children: many children who were forced into residential schools never returned home. For years, survivors have told their stories about what happened inside those schools: there is every expectation more mass graves and more children will be found.

The systematic removal of indigenous children from their families disrupted, divided, and destroyed living generations of indigenous families, robbing people of their respective culture and language and the wealth of lived experiences shared between generations. According to the terms and definitions laid out in the 1948 United Nations’ Convention, Canada committed genocide against their Indigenous Peoples. The destructive effects of white colonialism upon Indigenous Peoples in the country is not only historical but continues today with inequity, intransigence, obstruction and obfuscation, and injustice.

A makeshift memorial was quickly created at the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery at Robson Square. It’s worth noting the Art Gallery is presently housed in the former provincial court house which opened in 1911 and would have served as a “legal” instrument of white- and settler-colonialism. That this National Historic Site is the location of an improvised tribute to the loss of life and dignity caused by state-sponsored acts of genocide is an enormous juxtaposition.

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada.


Memorial for the Kamloops Residential School, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com Memorial for the Kamloops Residential School, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com
Memorial for the Kamloops Residential School, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

“Are we human?”

Memorial for the Kamloops Residential School, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com
Memorial for the Kamloops Residential School, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

“Bring our children home.”

Memorial for the Kamloops Residential School, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

As a resident of Vancouver, I’m a guest on unceded traditional territory and land of the Coast Salish First Nations: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). I made all images above on 1 June 2021 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-l2C.

Nordfriedhof, Schwabing-Freimann, U-Bahn, U-Bahn München, Muenchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday around Munich: the 1st U-Bahn

Above/featured: Near Nordfriedhof station, a steel girder at street level is a monument.

At the southwest corner of Ungererstrasse and Schenkendorfstrasse is a steel girder as modest monument, which marks the first day of construction of Munich’s metro or rapid transit system (U-Bahn) on 1 February 1965. The underground station here was initially called “Schenkendorfstrasse” which was changed later to “Nordfriedhof” for proximity to the city’s north cemetery. Including this latter station, the first stretch of Munich’s U-Bahn between Kieferngarten and Harras (on the present-day U6 line) was completed in 1974 over a distance of 13 kilometres with 12 underground stations and 3 above-ground stations.

Nordfriedhof, Schwabing-Freimann, U-Bahn, U-Bahn München, Muenchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

“An dieser Stelle wurde am 1. Februar 1965 mit dem Münchener U-Bahn Bau begonnen.”
(Construction for Munich’s U-Bahn began at this location on 1 February 1965.)

The archival video “U-Bahn für München 1965” is available on YouTube in German. I made the two photos above on 22 Feb 2017 with a Canon EOS6D mark1. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-jAQ.

Die Ankunft der Fremden, Thomas Schütte, documenta, SinnLeffers, Kassel, Hesse, Hessen, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday in Kassel: the strangers

Thomas Schütte created “Die Ankunft der Fremden” (The arrival of strangers) for the ‘documenta 9’ art festival in 1992. On the top of the portico of the former Red Palace stand three figures surrounded by some sort of luggage and belongings. The figures appear worried and alienated, looking down at everyday activity in which they cannot take part. This sculpture provides an avenue for social and political commentary about the plight of refugees and migration around the world.

I made the photo above on 3 Oct 2017 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/8, ISO2000, and 88mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-kGH.

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