Rheinorange (Rhine Orange) is the name of a sculpture erected in Duisburg-Neuenkamp in 1992 at the point where the Ruhr flows into the Rhine at 'Rheinkilometer 780', i.e. 780 km from the source of the Rhine. It was constructed from steel by the sculptor Lutz Fritsch from Köln.
It is 25 m tall, 7 m wide and 1 m thick, and weights 83 tonnes. The cost was over 400.000 DM, which was donated by the Niederrhein IHK (chamber of commerce) after a fund-raising initiative by the young entrepreneurs members. The name Rheinorange is actually a play on words. It sounds like Reinorange (pure orange) which is RAL 2004 in the RAL color standard.
The sculpture is intended to form a landmark. The mouth of the river, the largest inland harbour in Europe, the most important steel district in Europe, a base for technology with a future, the Lehmbruck-Museum as an important gallery for modern sculpture in Europe, are all intended to be connected with each other in representing aspects of the economic and cultural life of Duisburg.
The Rhine Orange is a feature on the Ruhr Industrial Heritage Trail.
This is a translation of a German article on Wikipedia
- "Die Skulptur Rheinorange ist Symbol für die Stahl- und Hafenstadt Duisburg". derwesten.de. FUNKE MEDIEN NRW GmbH. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
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