Horst H. Baumann

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Horst H. Baumann (born June 19, 1934 Aachen) is a German architect, designer, light artist,[1] and photographer.[2][3] He is best known for designing Rheinturm Düsseldorf, in Düsseldorf, Germany.[4][5][6]


He studied metallurgical engineering from 1954 to 1957 (and from 1972 to 1974) at the RWTH Aachen, and from 1994 to 2004 at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. He worked as a photographer and designer since 1957, and since 1966 as a lighting artist. In 1963-1964, he was a visiting lecturer at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm. In 1977, he took part in documenta 6 in Kassel, where he installed, with Peter Hertha, the first permanent laser sculpture in the world.

Other installations include the Rheinturm in Düsseldorf (1982), the Neonskulptur "Pass the Cross" in Bielefeld-Sennestadt (1988), and the light remodeled at the Rheinturm Düsseldorf 2003.

His work has been shown internationally, including in the Gallery of Modern Art, in New York City in 1965,[7] and in 1967 and 1969 in the Biennale des Jeunes in Paris.[8]


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