In the square in front of the City Hall in Frankfurt, Germany at the moment, are hundreds of Little Green Men, along with a few Yellow, Black and Red – all in the name of art!
This is a sculpture installation called ‘Overcoming Boundaries’, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the uniting of East and West Germany.
Based on the East German Ampelmänner (the figure on pedestrian crosswalk lights in East Germany), the 1,000, 38-centimeter tall statues in the square are called “Unity Men” (Einheitsmännchen) and are intended to be both a symbol of modern German society and an invitation to join in the conversation surrounding the 25-year anniversary.
The exhibition started in Weisbaden, Germany in March of this year, and has been touring around Germany for the past six months, and will end in a few days’ time, following the Day of German Unity on 3rd October.
We visited the square last week with my grandchildren, who were very happy to shake hands with the little smiling men, and the little green men even got in on the photographs with a newly wed Bride and Groom, as they completed their civil ceremony at the Town Hall!