German Artist Brings ‘Love/Hate’ Sculpture to DC

The Farragut Square artwork is temporary and will move to Austin, Texas in March.

WASHINGTON — Public art is meant to inspire us and make us question ourselves and others.

Stimulating conversation about reflections on society is the sentiment artists aspire to generate, and the relatively new addition to DC’s Farragut Square Park allows us all to hold up a mirror and contemplate whether or not we like the reflection.

The “Love/Hate” sculpture arrived in DC in November, it’s the sculpture’s first stop in America after being exhibited in cities across Europe.

German artist Mia Florentine Weiss spoke to Berlin’s WUSA9 about why DC is ideal as the first US city to exhibit her art.

“The place was in the media because you had ‘Black Lives Matter.’ It was a stone’s throw from the White House. It’s very symbolic,” Weiss said. “In a place and at a time where there is so much tension and so much going on politically, I think that’s a really nice metaphor.”

The sculpture is in two parts. Both read “love” on one side and “hate” on the other. The design is called an ambigram which is a calligraphic visual pun in which two different words appear on opposite sides of an image. It can also be a word or image that appears the same from multiple angles.

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Of course, we were interested in the message Weiss offered through the sculpture.

“Art is never a textbook, so you have to find your own interpretation,” she said.

Politicians in Germany and with the EU embraced the message. They see it as synonymous with the challenges facing post-war Europe. Love in modern Europe was born out of hatred and the ashes of World War II, as they see it.

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“For me, in the end, it’s definitely a call to action. It’s something we see and need to react to immediately and it shows us that art is relevant. We need the art breathes, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to continue,” Weiss said.

“Every human being is torn between these two ambiguous feelings,” Weiss said. “It’s really important that we have this giant message of love and hate on the street.”

The sculpture won’t stay in DC for long. In March, it will be removed from Farragut Square and brought to Austin, Texas during the SxSW festival. Then it will rotate between several German consulates across the country.

“At the end of the day this is my advice, choose love because we only have one planet and one life and if we all spread love we will be much better off,” he said. she declared.

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