Clean-streets chief destroys Frankfurt sculpture

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11 January 2005, FRANKFURT - An official responsible for keeping the streets of Frankfurt clean has admitted that he had inadvertently sent a municipal sculpture to an incinerator after mistaking it for garbage. Looking like a giant piece of yellow origami, the sculpture was one of a set of 10 dotted round the city by artist Michael Beutler on a commission from the city art society. All were made of plastic sheeting that is normally used by builders to box concrete. Peter Postleb, who heads a team of rapid

11 January 2005

FRANKFURT - An official responsible for keeping the streets of Frankfurt clean has admitted that he had inadvertently sent a municipal sculpture to an incinerator after mistaking it for garbage.

Looking like a giant piece of yellow origami, the sculpture was one of a set of 10 dotted round the city by artist Michael Beutler on a commission from the city art society. All were made of plastic sheeting that is normally used by builders to box concrete.

Peter Postleb, who heads a team of rapid-reaction refuse busters, said the shapes had been jumbled up by the wind and he thought it was the debris from a shanty used by poor migrant construction workers.

Postleb was personally reprimanded by city mayor Petra Roth, but Beutler and city art officials said they were not surprised, since the installation had only been made of temporary materials and was set to be removed after 16 January.

Two other parts have disappeared without explanation. Beutler said from Berlin, where he now lives, "It's part of life."

Postleb said his team had last year nearly removed two other odd sculptures: a car completely filled with sand and a bathtub tied with a leash to a tree.

DPA

Subject: German news

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