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an obviously abdicating king:

“le Roi de Pré est mort!, – vive le Roi de Pré!”

“der Aukönig ist tot!, – es lebe der Aukönig!”

“the Floodplane´s King is dead! – long live the Floodplane´s King!”

a yearning intention since years & now executed – our visit to the so-called “Aukönig” (“Floodplane´s King”), an old hybrid black poplar on the banks of river Danube –  together with my leader, friend & artist Adolf Tuma, who has prepared this year 2011 an animated iron sculpture of the tree myth Aukönig for an ordinary traffic island on the slip road from National Road into village Haslau, Lower Austria

Adolf Tuma: “it needs six people to embrace the trunk”

our judgement: the king is dying, looses leafage, branches & even bark

with the tree more than a century´s bark-carvings are going

but there´s young life beneath his trunk, up the roots:

an official  “natural monument”

a painting by Adolf Tuma: Biber in den Donauauen / Beavers in Danube´s Floodplane, 2007

the obvious model for:

Adolf “Hugo” Tuma with his artwork “monument” – or even “memorial”? – definitely no “tombstone”: “the golden drop in the middle is the symbol for a new seed of Floodplane´s King”, he tells. – a pity the sculpture rests at the contractor´s yard of the village Haslau next a garbage container: “the traffic island is prepared for installing but administrative channels seem choked up”. – “I am romanticist”, he had said on the way to the banks of river Danube. – I sympathize.

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