Rolf Szymanski: Wasserträgerin, 1981, Foto: Jason Kassab-Bachi, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012

Rolf Szymanski (* 1928–2013)
Wasserträgerin (Water Carrier), 1981 


Carrying water is an ancient, primordial, archetypical survival activity. Here it becomes a symbol. This figure approaches us like a monument of threatened existence. With elongated, mighty “arms”, that touch the ground like enormous divining rods, she stands firmly and securely, connected with the earth, taking up the power currents of the world. But she receives her energy from behind herself, as if grasping back at her own history in order to look calmly into the unfathomable future, surrendering her body. The “water carrier” is an idol, imbued with both hope and humanity.

Wasserträgerin (Water Carrier)
239 x 96 x 110 cm
Berlinische Galerie, State Museum of Modern Art, Photography, and Architecture. Acquisition by the Senate Administration for Building, Housing, and Traffic from the Sculpture Gardens at the Funkturm, Berlin 1998