At first glance, German artist Werner Härtl’s paintings look like stunning, sepia-toned pieces of artwork. In reality, though, they’re made with a surprising medium: Cow manure.
Art Installation Inspires Optimism in the Wake of COVID-19
One of the latest creations from Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota delivers something everyone could use a little more of right now: Hope.
German Project To Protect Homeless With New Sleep Pods
Winter is always a vulnerable time for the roughly 860,000 Germans who are experiencing homelessness. Add in a global pandemic, though, and this difficult period becomes even harder.
Juliane Koepcke: The Sole Survivor of the LANSA Flight 508
During this uncertain time, stories of human survival—especially in times of sheer hopelessness—can provide an uplifting swell throughout long periods of tedium and fear. This one, in particular, redefines the term: perseverance.
Hidden Heroine: Exploring the Story of Anne Frank
One of the most compelling figures to emerge from World War II wasn’t a military hero or a world leader. It was a young Jewish girl with a front-row seat to the Holocaust, who kept a diary of her most candid thoughts and observations. Her story serves as a reminder of the horrors of antisemitism, racism, and discrimination, even today.
“O Tannenbaum:” A Closer Look at the History of Christmas Trees
Christmas trees are a beloved tradition for people all over the world, symbolizing the end of the year and the joy of the holiday season. Long thought of as a religious symbol, it may come as a surprise that the earliest origin of the Christmas tree dates back to ancient, paganistic rituals.
Unraveling the Threads of Agnes Richter’s Straitjacket
German seamstress Agnes Emma Richter was 51 years old when she was admitted in 1895 to the Hubertusberg Psychiatric Institution near Dresden, Germany. Richter was initially transferred to a mental institution near her home after her neighbors lodged several complaints about her “erratic behavior.”
From Nazi-Era Airfield to Rainforest Oasis
Few people consider Germany as a destination for a tropical getaway. Fewer still would expect an abandoned airfield to be home to sandy beaches, over 600 varieties of tropical plants, and exotic animals like flamingos, turtles, and peacocks.
The Watercolor Sketches of Traveling Artist Danny Hawk
While most European tourists can be seen wandering the cobblestone streets of cities like Frankfurt and Paris with expensive cameras in tow, Ohio-born artist Danny Hawk takes a different approach. Using traditional watercolor paints and his sketchbook, he captures the beauty of Europe’s classic architecture and beautiful landscapes en plein air.
German Circus Uses Holograms to Fight Animal Cruelty
In years past, a visit to the circus meant magic and excitement, thrills and awe-inspiring performances. Over time, however, awareness of what goes on behind the scenes of a circus has seen many people turn their backs and even boycott these entertaining extravaganzas altogether. Circus Roncalli has set out to change that.