At the end of World War II, in what seems like a heartbreaking expression of cynicism and abandoned faith, Polish troops advancing through Berlin pointedly desecrated the religious elements of the frieze cladding this monument, which celebrated an 1867 German victory.
God, as it turned out, had not been on anybody's side in "the good war," had answered no conflicting prayers, had stood by unmercifully to witness the wanton obliteration of countless women and children and things that no longer had faces. The refigured monument - riddled with carefully aimed bullet holes - seems now to celebrate something else entirely: nihilist despair.
TITLE - "Last Respects"
WHERE - Siegessauele Monument, Berlin, German (2015)