A film by Percy Adlon
Produced by Eleonore Adlon
2001, 53 minutes
Bavarian sculptor Fritz Koenig's monumental metal sculpture, Sphere, stood for decades in the plaza at the foot of the Twin Towers. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, as workers shifted layer upon layer of twisted rubble, they discovered that the muscular work of art had survived the ordeal – battered and dented, but largely intact. Percy Adlon, a longtime close friend of Koenig's, filmed the moving process of rescuing, restoring, and reinstalling what has become a symbol of endurance in the face of tragedy. Today, years after the brilliant artist's death, Sphere stands in a place of honor in the grounds of the 9/ll memorial that surrounds the new World Trade Center complex, proving that creation is a far more powerful force than destruction.
Percy Adlon made four other films documenting aspects of the life and work of his friend Fritz Koenig:
KOENIGS ARCHE NOAH
(Koenig's Noah's Ark)
Koenig shows Percy Adlon his new exhibition, in which he merges African art and Bavarian folklore with his own style.
A rare, virtually uncut look at the artist's normally intensely private creative process. His facial expressions, body language, and drawings don't need subtitles.
In der Welt von Fritz und Maria Koenig
(Ganselberger Season: In the World of Fritz and Maria Koenig)
One visit to Fritz and Maria Koenig’s Bavarian estate and you’ll be addicted for life.
German, 43 min
NEBENBEI HAUPTSACHLICH ROSSER
(On the Side, Mainly Horses)
Fritz Koenig was a brilliant artist, but sometimes he seemed to care much more about his hobby: raising Arabian horses.
German, 44 min