The tower in Unterammergau has moved the people. The waves of public discussion ran high in the last few weeks. Now businessman Christian Zott has announced a surprising decision.
Unterammergau – He has many, more or less flattering name: "Rusty Stems", "scrap steel Behemoth", "Fortress", "Eiffel tower", "the lighthouse project", "castle in the air" and even "Phallus". Now, Christian Zott (60), a contractor and Builder of the ensemble of Hotel, Restaurant and art gallery in the sub-Ammergau pond field consequences: The controversial, the 32-metre high building and a work of art of the walk-in space and sound sculpture "triage III" is reduced – the tower comes off. "It's happened in the last weeks so much that has to do with the actual topic of actually nothing. I want to offer people from outside, is not a platform for me their stories out. Also, I don't want to divide Unterammergau and no one to provoke.“ However, the 60-Year-old also notes: "The sculpture and my art work is not worth it to me."
request for public petitions withdrawn
at the same time Zott withdraws its request for referendum with immediate effect. They would, argues the entrepreneur, all the efforts to get a permit for the whereabouts of the tower on the hotel grounds, set. In the run-up to 170 had signed Ammergau the request and a referendum is in favour of.
so What happens now? In the village, who grew up a friend of the arts hopes that the district administrator Anton spear "gives a little bit of time", the object is to reduce. Christian Zott expected soon four business friends from Basel who may have interest in steel sculpture. "A dream", it would be for the 60-Year-old, the tower, once at the International Venice Biennale art exhibition to set up.
"it is Important, with people in the village well
main reason, the citizens ' petition to withdraw, was for Dr. Andreas Klement, head of the msE-Kunsthalle in the pond field, the government of upper Bavaria have expressed concerns as to the admissibility of the application on the basis of the question. "Moreover," says Klement, "has spoken already of the municipal Council by a majority against an Amendment to the development plan". To be emphasized, finally, the managing Director, that a public decision for the municipality would mean a high administrative burden and costs: "given the importance of the matter, it appeared to us ultimately not justified." You should and could always discuss about art, and argue that it should not exceed certain limits. Dr. Andreas Klement concludes: "for us It is very important that we get along with the people here in the village well and there is no wedge between the both sides is driven."
Humble and peaceful, also the final comment by Christian Zott: "I have no grudge against nobody. Life goes on.“
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