The Gates of the Gutenberg Museum - a 12 part series attempting to unravel the mystery of the bronze gates of the Gutenberg Museum.
4 massive sculptures by one of the most significant German figurative sculptors of the mid to late 20th century.
In this series:
Part 1 - The Story so far
Part 2 - Johannes Gutenberg and his museum
Part 3 - A new museum
Part 4 - The Commission
Part 5 - The Artist
Part 6 - The Decision
Part 7 - The Gates
One of the chosen few
Part 8 - The Process
Part 9 - Talkin' 'bout a Revolution
Part 10 - Lost and Unlost
Part 11 - But where are the originals?
Part 12 - Mystery solved?
Making a mark
Just like a bad dream
Elementary, my dear Watson
I wanted to close the circle.
I wanted to find one of the original plates that Karl-Heinz Krause used to model his panels and then juxtapose it with the imprint.
We know that he returned them (if there was ever any doubt...) because the galleon under full sail that you'll see on one of the gates turned up on a poster printed by the museum's print shop.
But where are they?
I drifted into the Print Shop and told a lady there what I was doing and what I was looking for.
"You actually KNOW something about the gates? REALLY? I can't BELIEVE it! People ask us ALL the time and we can't tell them ANYTHING about them"
So I relate the story and she's saying " Oh, this is GREAT! We help people do rubbings of the plates and we even do impressions in clay with littlies for them to take home"
She didn't have the plates but she knew who might be able to help me further.
The museum's printer, Herr Hoffman.
No, HE didn't have the plates, but there's a cupboard he inherited from his predecessor and he's not quite sure what's in it.
Perhaps the plates.
Except that they're doing some work in the basement and the cupboard would appear to be currently inaccessible, hemmed in by pallets of papaer.
He's promised to get back to me sometime next month.
Let's keep our collective fingers crossed...