Marine Life

This weekend I had the opportunity to visit two buildings usually not open to the wider public. One of them was the reconstructed former indoor swimming pool Lessinghalle. The wings are now used as a kindergarten and the pool has become a gymnasium for a nearby school.

The indoor swimming pool was built in 1934 and rebuilt in 1950 after severe damages in WWII. It was closed in 2008 and demolition was one of the options discussed. It is now a listed building.

The inside decoration of the building was designed by Alwin Blaue (1896-1958). A sculptor and ceramist, his work was banned by the Nazis in 1940. The architect Rudolf Schröder, who had designed the Lessinghalle, brought him back to Kiel in 1949 where Blaue created numerous sculptures and architectural art that is still present today.

I was especially interested in the ceramic wall decorations. As it turned out, most of them were not in place as they had been taken down during the reconstruction work. They will return in the future.

The pictures above show two lamps decorated with marine life from the main staircases.

 

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8 thoughts on “Marine Life

    • I’ve got another four lamps and a couple of painted signs, just need to edit the pictures. I hope they put the other ceramics back into areas that are accessible to the public. Else I have to wait until the next occasion. On the annual ‘Architecture Day’ different buildings open to the public each year.

      • Brilliant idea, to give the public a bit of exposure to something other than banal domestic architecture. I’ll wait to see those other ceramics, they’re brilliant!

      • Ja, das stimmt, ich mag besonders gerne Fischmotive. Deshalb mag ich meinen handgemachten Schmuck auch lieber als die Sachen von großen Kaffeeröstern. Alles Gute Mitza

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