In 2012 the closure of the Duhamel mine signalled the end of mining in Saarland. The 30 m high landmark, also known as Saarpolygon, is a symbol of the profound transformation experienced by the industrial region. The sculpture aims to capture the 250-year tradition of Saar coal mining and the associated steel and energy industries. It also represents a symbol of hope for the future.
Those ascending to the top via a series of platforms are treated to magnificent views of the local landscape around the city of Saarlouis.
Architect: Katja Pfeiffer and Oliver Sachse, Berlin
Image: Simon Mannweiler
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