Art: Neustrelitz is reminiscent of master builder Buttel with a seat artwork

The city of Neustrelitz (Mecklenburg Lake District) is commemorating the former master builder of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Friedrich Wilhelm Buttel (1796-1869), with a new work of art.

Art: Neustrelitz is reminiscent of master builder Buttel with a seat artwork

The city of Neustrelitz (Mecklenburg Lake District) is commemorating the former master builder of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Friedrich Wilhelm Buttel (1796-1869), with a new work of art. A bench with a life-size portrait of Buttel was set up not far from the Castle Church, as a city spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Buttel was a student of the Prussian master builder Karl-Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) and worked for the Grand Duchy for 48 years, which existed as a form of government from 1701 to 1918. The regions around Fürstenberg (Brandenburg) and Ratzeburg (Schleswig-Holstein) also belonged to Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

In Neustrelitz and in the former Grand Duchy, many monuments, such as the church in Fürstenberg (Oberhavel), are reminiscent of Buttel's architecture. This also includes a canal and orangery, park with lifting temple, castle church and stables in Neustrelitz as well as the Neubrandenburg concert church. Some of the buildings have already been renovated or are currently being restored at a cost of millions.

The life-size bronze figure that Buttel shows in 1830 was made by the sculptor Jan Witte-Kropius from the Rostock district. It was made after a painting from 1830. The figure sits on a matter-of-fact granite bench, on which visitors "can enter into a stimulating dialogue with the master builder," as the spokeswoman said. Buttel also worked on the Berlin Cathedral and, according to the State Monument Preservation MV, had the same importance for the Grand Duchy as Schinkel did for Prussia.

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