Der Kiepenkerl (The Peddler)By Jeff Koons
Symbolic of the traveling salesman in the Munsterland, the kiepenkerl traditionally dressed in a short linen smock with red scarf and cap. He typically carried a knotted walking stick, smoked a pipe and was responsible for conveying goods - and the latest gossip - between the city and neighboring villages.
This is a recasting in stainless steel by Koons in 1987 of a statue in Germany and on display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.
Koons said he gave it a high mirror polish to create a "false front of luxury". What drew me to this statue was its detail and how it reflected environment around it. On the day I took this photo it reflected the colors of the blue sky and white clouds.
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