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The ‘Hand with Watch’ Sculpture

Simply called “The Hand” by the locals, the “Hand with Watch” sculpture is one of Berlin’s many iconic public sculptures by German artist Joachim Schmettau.

Schmettau was commissioned to adorn the annex to the local school in 1975. The original wrist watch stopped working after just a few years. Helplessly exposed to the weather and Berlin’s notorious graffiti sprayers, the sculpture quickly fell into disrepair and was reduced to a 1970s eyesore before being taken down in 2008.

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