Loading…
twitter facebook mail play
Important information regarding COVID-19

Please note that from 23. March 2021 until May, the state cultural institutions will be closed due to the pandemic. For more information, including Hesse’s ever-increasing variety of digital offerings, please visit the websites of our individual locations, which you can reach via our Places page.

READ MORE

  Show overview

The giant of Kassel - Wilhelmshöhe Palace and Park, Kassel (Part 3)

Up on his mountain, Hercules is exposed to the elements. The wind whips against his copper shell; he is pelted by rain, hail and snow. Lightning strikes him. On their way to the statue, visitors notice just how much work goes into him: wooden scaffolding fringes the steps, andcranes sway in the wind. Like the colossus itself, the construction site is impressive. The constant repair work is another subject covered in the exhibition, because it is quite astounding: the workers, after all, have to carry out repairs at dizzying heights. There are pictures showing workers after the Second World War heaving the head of the gigantic statue back up to its intended place with a rope. Another core element of the Hercules 300 exhibition is a miniature of Hercules that reveals his inner workings. “We use it as a guide when we have to do something to the original,” says Splitter. The miniature Hercules is cut open at the back, and you can see the scaffolding inside that supports him. This gives an insight into the complexity of the architecture of such a statue and the enormity of the task of restoring it.

Next to this small model, there are vinyl-sized discs on which the names of the building contractor and the donors for the restoration work are engraved. The first restoration took place under Kaiser Wilhelm II, and his name is prominently displayed on one disc. The next commemorates the statue’s renovation after the Second World War; the third is from 2008, when the state of Hessen stepped in to finance Hercules' revitalisation. “The discs here are not the originals,” says Splitter. Those can be found in the head of the statue, where they are embedded into a cavity; like this, Hercules’ creators and preservers remain close to him. The existence of the very first disc from Landgrave Karl, dating from 1717, was only discovered when the statue was first restored in 1900. It demonstrates just how important Hercules was for his architect, and how important he is for those who maintain him today. A now 300-year-old landmark with more than 2000-years of history: here in these discs, just as in the complete exhibition, is its story condensed.

Previous article in the series:
The giant of Kassel - Wilhelmshöhe Palace and Park, Kassel (Part 2)

Gallery


Published on 21.09.2018

Share on Twitter?

By clicking on this link you leave the Kultur in Hessen website and will be redirected to the website of Twitter. Please note that personal data will be transmitted in the process.

Further information can be found in our privacy policy.

Share on Twitter

Share on Facebook?

By clicking on this link you leave the Kultur in Hessen website and will be redirected to the website of Facebook. Please note that personal data will be transmitted in the process.

Further information can be found in our privacy policy.

Share on Facebook

Bereit für Facebook?

Mit dem Anklicken dieses Links verlassen Sie die Webseite Kultur in Hessen und werden auf das Internet-Angebot des Netzwerks Facebook weitergeleitet. Bitte beachten Sie, dass dabei persönliche Daten übermittelt werden.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer Datenschutzerklärung.

Zu Facebook

Bereit für Youtube?

Mit dem Anklicken dieses Links verlassen Sie die Webseite Kultur in Hessen und werden auf das Internet-Angebot des Netzwerks YouTube weitergeleitet. Bitte beachten Sie, dass dabei persönliche Daten übermittelt werden.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer Datenschutzerklärung.

Zu Youtube

Bereit für Instagram?

Mit dem Anklicken dieses Links verlassen Sie die Webseite Kultur in Hessen und werden auf das Internet-Angebot des Netzwerks Instagram weitergeleitet. Bitte beachten Sie, dass dabei persönliche Daten übermittelt werden.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer Datenschutzerklärung.

Zu Instagram

Bereit für Pinterest?

Mit dem Anklicken dieses Links verlassen Sie die Webseite Kultur in Hessen und werden auf das Internet-Angebot des Netzwerks Pinterest weitergeleitet. Bitte beachten Sie, dass dabei persönliche Daten übermittelt werden.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer Datenschutzerklärung.

Zu Pinterest