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David and Goliath

Richard Hess' sculpture David and Goliath was erected near the Hauptwache at the entrance to the Zeil promenade in 1983.

The sculpture was placed in a small depression, enabling pedestrians to get a better look at this unusual work of art. Having vanquished his nemesis, Frankfurt's representation of David is depicted sitting on Goliath's decapitated head, with the enemy's beaten corpse lying on a nearby heap. Hess has fashioned David sporting both a helmet and slingshot, raising the question of whether Hess actually followed the bible's version of events. Many of Hess' works deal with the subject of war, might, struggle and violence, and thus it is no surprise that his version of David and Goliath once again focuses on the sorry interaction of violence and retribution.

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