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Molecule Man

Snap photos of this awe-inspiring artwork depicting humans filled with hundreds of holes that represent the molecules that create us.

The Molecule Man is an enormous sculpture comprising three figures standing tall in the Spree River. Dating back to 1997, the aluminum work of art has become an aesthetic icon just outside the center of Berlin. Consider the meaning of the hundreds of holes in the sculptures of three humans who seem to be walking on water.

The piece is part of an installation by U.S. artist Jonathan Borofsky, who created similar structures in Los Angeles in the 1970s. The holes in each of the characters are intended to represent the lightness of the water and air molecules that make up human beings. See how the three figures appear to be embracing one another. The meeting together of the three figures is symbolic of the coming together of East and West Berlin.

For some of the most impressive views, stop in the center of the Oberbaum Bridge. Although the bridge is 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) away, the large figures are quite visible. Appreciate the sculpture from its various angles as you stroll along the riverbanks.

Marvel at the sheer size of the art installation, which is about 100 feet (30 meters) high and dwarfs passing boats. Stay for sunset, when the sky glows bright orange behind the holed silhouettes of the sculpture.

Relax at one of the riverside cafés with a view of this uplifting statue. A similar installation was set up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Borofsky’s other large installations appear in major cities around the world, including Munich, where the 56-foot (17-meter) tall Walking Man is a sleek, striding white figure.

Access the area along the riverbank near the sculpture for free. The sculpture is available to see at all times. At night, its base is illuminated in white light.

The Molecule Man stands in the Spree River, a little southeast of central Berlin. Take the S-bahn or a bus to Treptower Park and walk northwest for 5 minutes to get here. Visit nearby sights, such as the Arena Berlin.


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