Der Ring

On the West side of the Alter Botanischer Garten, is the Kunstplattform, or art platform. Previously a revolving gallery space, since 1996 it has held only this red circular sculpture: Der Ring, by Mauro Staccioli.

On it’s own, it struck me as just another piece of weird, modern art — a predictable fixture in an urban environment — but Staccioli has rust-colored, geometric installations all over the world. Those located in natural surroundings are striking, as they seem curiously out of place in a Cadillac Ranch sort of way. When viewed together the sculptures quite cool.

Munich’s Ring was completed in 1994, and purchased by the city in 1996 for a price of 80.000 €.  It is 12 meters across and, made of steel, weighs 14 tons.

Do you see it on the map?

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