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Silent Equilibrium

Rolf Schaffner is a German artist and sculptor (1927-2008) who came to Mallora in 1962 where he made his home in Santanyí. He died in Palma de Mallorca three years ago, on March 23rd, 2008.

A number of large-scale works, mostly made of local sandstone, grace Mallorca’s south-eastern landscape. The most impressive one to my mind is a 6 m tall stele called Equilibrio (South) made of nine large, uneven blocks of Piedra de Santanyí, weighing in at a total of 10 tons. The sculpture forms part of a five-part series located by the artist in Santanyí (Mallorca, Spain, 1995), Cologne (Germany, 1997), Trondheim (Norway, 2000), Volgograd, the former Stalingrad (Russia, 2005) and Cork (Ireland, 2009), forming between them an imaginary axis cross or Meridians of Peace, as the artist has us know, spanning the European continent.

Should you want to visit the Mallorcan Equilibrio site, you will find the massive and seemingly precarious stone stele in Cala Santanyí near the Foradada of Es Pontàs. If Santanyí is a bit out of your way, there are two large-scale sculptures from this artist’s hand in Palma, one in the Jardín de Sa Quarentena next to Paseo Marítimo, and the other one in Vía Asima in the Polígono de Son Castelló.

The photo was taken near Santanyí, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 25th, 2010. The time was 12:58:59.

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