Faithfull to one of the objectives of “Touching Art”, that of featuring Art produced within projects of humanitarian nature, we are introducing to you today the creations of an angel. Once a flight attendant for Lufthansa, Gabriele von Lutzau (born Dillmann) became known to this day as the “Angel of Mogadishu” for her bravery and the relentless support given to the victims of flight 181 – where she was serving – as it was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists in 1977.
Having dedicated her talent to sculpture, her tools are predominantly the chainsaw and the flamethrower, her medium mainly beechwood and her creations, which can rise up to three meters, are, quite fittingly, “guardian figures”. In fact, even the names of her different series of sculptures evoke both her life experience and her message: “Ikarus”, “Life signs”, “Featherings”, “Sweet Hearts”.
Von Lutzau’s extremely moving and often dramatic sculptures can actually be deeply thought-provoking, especially if viewers are aware of the artist’s background. We, therefore, invite you to gaze at the photographs and to let yourselves be touched by all they “say”, while also bearing in mind Gabriele von Lutzau’s words when she states “life is not a long, calm river”.