New Mercurius Sculpture by Lüpertz in Front of the Post Tower in Bonn
- Roman god of trade as a symbol of the global logistics corporation
- Otto Schily holds speech in honor of his friend, artist Markus Lüpertz
The "art and museum city" Bonn, residence of the Group's Headquarters, is now home to another large sculpture of international standing. Chairman of the Board of Management Klaus Zumwinkel unveiled the sculpture entitled Mercurius in front of the main entrance to the Post Tower in a ceremony attended by the artist Markus Lüpertz and Germany’s former Minster of the Interior, Otto Schily.
In mythology, Mercurius or Mercury, the messenger of the gods, is regarded as the bearer of important news as well as the god of trade and the patron of merchants, who referred to themselves as "mercuriales" in ancient Rome.
"Mercury has embodied trade, transport, and global flows of information for hundreds of years. He is the perfect symbol of our global corporation's core competencies," said Zumwinkel during the unveiling of the ten-meter high bronze statue by Markus Lüpertz.
"The globe at the foot of the Mercurius sculpture is a symbol of the worldwide presence and multi-national and multi-local activities of Deutsche Post World Net," added Zumwinkel.
Alone in Bonn a total of 2,000 people from 40 countries work at the Group's headquarters. Mercurius is intended to inspire Group employees as well as customers, guests, all inhabitants of Bonn, and visitors. As a new citizen of the city, he stands for the cosmopolitan nature of the logistics company with a global presence.
The artist Markus Lüpertz, one of the most important representatives of neo-expressionism, was commissioned to create a sculpture that would visually contrast with the glass facade of the Post Tower. The 162.5-meter building which houses the Group's headquarters was designed by architect Helmut Jahn and has become a landmark of the city.
The Mercurius sculpture and the classical modernist architecture of the Post Tower are stylistic opposites, yet both underscore the openness and international spirit of the Group.
Former Federal Minister of the Interior Otto Schily held a speech in honor of his long-time friend, sculptor and painter Markus Lüpertz at the unveiling ceremony.
An accompanying exhibition on the creation of the Mercurius sculpture will be open for all visitors from Thursday, July 5, until late July 2007 every day except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Post Tower Lounge (Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, Bonn). Admission is free.