Name Artist: Jürgen Stollhans,
Title: Lipstadium oder Friedrich der Große, der Mittlere und der Kleine, 2013
Three round metal bodies of identical height and identical diameter, but different length are arranged behind one another to make them appear like three parts of one big pipe, which have been separated and then, carely closed and sealed, re-mounted in precise alignment. The metal bodies are coated with a lacquer that has been mixed with a highly phosphorescent pigment. Onto the fluorescing layer of lacquer, in a dark-green colour recreating the Lippe's water, a pattern has been applied which is inspired by the colouring of a fish's body. About every half hour, the work is illuminated for a few minutes by three UV spotlights; after that, one can observe the gradual smouldering out and vanishing in the shrubbery and foliage of the surroundings.
The designation "Lipstadium" appears in the Topographic Westfaliae by Matthias Merian of 1647. This work was the origin of the town's historical ground plan, probably the most famous, on which the position of Stollhans's work is already exactly identifiable (small pic.) The humorously invoked three-part Friedrich refers to Lippstadt's Prussian history; Frederick the Great personally visited the town several times.