The State is Theater

Doubt it? Take a look at the State Theatre in Eisenach, and its old DDR-era fountain.

Günther Laufer, one of the 12 state metal smiths of East Germany, created this fountain in 1970, to commemorate the 100th Birthday of Lenin. In 1990, the whole square was put under heritage protection.

And after the upgrade? The past as it never was. The fountain is now a flower bed.

The fountain was “unstable” and “in danger of falling and hurting someone.” And so we have the past as a stage set, with no history to be seen. The irony was that the communists were the ones who considered themselves to have outlived history. Perhaps the judgement was premature.

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