BETHANY JOY EDIGER + IAN ARTHUR SPAETH

Ausdauer

In German, Ausdauer means “endurance and perseverance.” Literally translated, it means “staying power” or timeless.

AUSDAUER

INSPIRATION BOARD

Our poetic monument is to the calligraphic, german hand--Fraktur. We took inspiration from the authoritative nature of German culture, architecture and the structure of the hand-written script itself. The qualities we identified were repetition, equal strokes, and conscious angles. In addition to this, many of the letters include black ink forms with capitals or notations in red ink.

AUSDAUER

INSPIRATION BOARD

Our poetic monument is to the calligraphic, german hand--Fraktur. We took inspiration from the authoritative nature of German culture, architecture and the structure of the hand-written script itself. The qualities we identified were repetition, equal strokes, and conscious angles. In addition to this, many of the letters include black ink forms with capitals or notations in red ink.

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LOCATION

Location

We chose to place the monument in...

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LOCATION

NUREMBERG, GERMANY

Nuremberg, Germany.

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LOCATION

NUREMBERG, GERMANY

Because this was where Fraktur was designed by Hieronymus Andreae for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian for a series of books.

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LOCATION

NUREMBERG, GERMANY

To show the fluidity and meditation of the hand, we chose to place the monument in the Wonder See river that runs through Nuremberg.

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LOCATION

NUREMBERG, GERMANY

WÖHRDER SEE

A park stands on one side of the river with residential neighborhood surrounding both sides. At it’s deepest point, the river is only 3 meters deep which is about 9 feet 10 inches.

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LOCATION

NUREMBERG, GERMANY

WÖHRDER SEE

Our specific site included a small dock [click] which we modified to assist in the experience of viewing the monument.

AUSDAUER

LOCATION

NUREMBERG, GERMANY

WÖHRDER SEE

Our specific site included a small dock [click] which we modified to assist in the experience of viewing the monument.

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MONUMENT

Monument

Now, for the specifics of the monument...

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ELEVATION + PLAN

We abstracted the fraktur alphabet into strokes. Each structure stands with equal distance between the representational “strokes.” This shows the rhythm and structure of the letterforms. The word shown is “Ausdauer” beginning with a capital, red, “A.” From the front, all the forms are the same length, but the top view shows the intonation of the word when spoken out loud.

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PLAN WITH DOCK

The supporting dock that surrounds the monument allows the viewer to see and appreciate the structure from all sides--on water and on land.

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MONUMENT

FRONT

The structure reflects in the water and allows for the natural flow to move in and out of the “strokes”

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MONUMENT

SIDE

The structures are made of coated iron to prevent rust in the water with the capital painted red. The sides are one inch thick.

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BACK

We chose to make the forms hollow on the inside and allow the wind to move over the tops of the structures. This makes a slight humming noise that you have been hearing. This represents the meditative quality of lettering calligraphy.

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FRONT

The observation dock also uses the same material.

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MONUMENT

FRONT

and are only placed 25 feet away from the structure...

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BACK

so that the viewer can take in the power and beauty of the large structures from all angles.

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MONUMENT

Ausdauer represents the enduring qualities of fraktur; authority through size, enduring history, meditative fluidity in sound and location, and structure in form. THANKYA!

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