Bochum central station
Grande Ruota Ferro Spezzato, 2006
||The illustrious Terminal (1977/79) close to the main station in Bochum became the town's landmark. Originally, Richard Serra produced the piece for documenta 6 in Kassel, where it had already been a key symbol for the show. In the same year, however, the city of Bochum purchased the celebrated sculpture, and two years later it was mounted where it stands today.
In 1983, Erich Reusch installed a fountain between city hall, public library and Christuskirche out of round "plates" of water, which are embedded into the ground. People call them Nasse Augen, "wet eyes".
Two elements, one leaning against the wall of a building, the other in rectangular angle on the meadow, structure the Raum-Installation of François Morellet from 1979/80 on the Springerplatz. Though in quite a distance to each other, both parts of the work clearly correspond to each other, not least due to their bright red colour. Thanks to a restoration in 2005, the colour was even enhanced and the pieces were given a signal character. The artist commented on this that the change was, in fact, not only the new birth of the work, but it's true invention.
In front of the Kunstmuseum Bochum, stands a large-sized plastic of Ulrich Rückriem from 1980. The artist installed nearly raw "towers" of stone. Until the 26th of November 2008, the plastic was situated in front of the building between Kortumstraße and Huestraße.
The city park is home to a further sculpture made of steal by Giuseppe Spagnulo, titled Grande Ruota Ferro Spezzato, and mounted in 2000. Since 31 of August 2006, the piece is in permanent loan to the civic museum of Bochum, and located in front of the institution and in direct neighborhood to art works of Friedrich Gräsel and Max Bill.
A prominent ensemble of additional art works in the public space and site-specific to 1960s academic architecture is to be found on the campus of the Ruhruniversität Bochum. Erich Reusch, Victor Vasarely, Josef Albers, Rupprecht Geiger, Günther Fruhtrunk, or Erwin Heerich left their traces.