For many years the German artist Christel Lechner has been working on a series of engaging sculptures entitled “Ordinary People”. The life-size concrete constructions depict normal people partaking in simple activities, from bathing and dancing, to just sitting around at a bus stop or in the park. The statues have been installed as public art in real world settings at various nondescript outdoor locations.
Lechner is a well-known artist who is based in Witten; she is quite skilled at capturing the unique essence of regular folks that you might pass on the street. Some critics dismiss the art as irrelevant “kitsch”, but I find the work reflects our human experience, while still being insightful, funny and powerful.
I have spent a fair amount of time in Germany, as we often visit our many relatives there; to me Lechner’s statues brilliantly convey the culture, nuanced aesthetics and idiosyncratic behavior that one often encounters in that European nation. A few of the sculptures even bear a striking physical resemblance to some of my in-laws.
Here are more photos from a recent art installation Lechner created at Maximilian Park in Hamm, Germany: