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About this app

The "Memorial to the Dead of War" by Benno Elkan can not be seen with the naked eye. However, if you look at it with the help of an app on a smartphone or tablet, you can see it.

Museum of Art and Cultural History
Hansastrasse 3
44137 Dortmund
(Only during opening hours)

NOTE: Coming soon also at the Dortmunder U-Tower! Further

In 1959, at the end of a long creative process by Benno Elkan, the plaster model of a "memorial for the victims of the bombing war." The idea came to Benno Elkan already during the war, when he had himself been the victim of German bombing, which his house in London had destroyed. He has been working on it for over a decade with interruptions. It is not realized, however, neither in Frankfurt in 1954, nor in Dortmund in 1959. After his death on 9 January 1960, the model belongs to his unsaleable estate and is considered lost today.

In 2016, at the beginning of a second creative process, this time IT-supported, seven black and white photos of this model, without scale, without technical specifications, with hardly any different perspectives. Beryn Hammil, the artist's granddaughter, found her in the written estate of her grandfather, which was given to her in 2008. On the occasion of the dedication of the "Benno-Elkan-Allee" in Dortmund in April 2016, she suggested Dortmund's Lord Mayor Ullrich Sierau the project "Benno's Dream". It was the dream of her grandfather to see this last work realized in his hometown of Dortmund, as in a letter to his old acquaintance Erich Leue from Dortmund.

With this interactive augmented reality app you have the opportunity to view the digital reconstruction of the memorial.
Updated on
Aug 19, 2021

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What's new

- Bugfixing Allee-Model