A closer look at the square reveals subtle references. The circles on Heinrich-Böll-Platz, for example, point to the podium of the Philharmonie concert hall below. Particularly striking is the set of stairs leading from the Rhine to the cathedral and continuing in the tower on the square surface. The stairs are directly related to the Hebrew name of the work of art, which refers to the biblical "Songs of Steps" in Psalms 120 - 134. The steps lead up from the Rhine, over the steps of the tower to the Cologne Cathedral and from there up into the sky. At the same time, a railway track emanates from the tower, forming a parallel to the Hohenzollern Bridge and the railway running there. If you look through the gap in the tower, you can see how the rail runs towards the south tower of Cologne Cathedral, creating a visual axis to the cathedral. A multitude of other elements are integrated into the square, so that one can speak of different meta-levels that interact with and upon each other.
Dani Karavan emphasises that his artwork is open to free interpretation. It is up to the viewer to engage with the work, to bring the strands together and to draw his or her own conclusions.
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