Coffin of Itib (Jt-jb), a high-ranking Hathor Priestess, 1919-1818 BC. Painted wood. Assiut, Egypt. © Ruhr Museum, Essen, Germany. Photo: Rainer Rothenberg

The Eye of Horus or Udjat was at the same place where the head of the mummy was lying – a bridge to the beyond, so the deceased could see the rising sun. This coffin of wood was put in a sarcophagus of stone.

The artist was free to design what he liked, based on his aesthetic view. No rules, it simply had to look good. Hint: the copy always starts on the side where the birds are looking to.

[Image Text: The development of historic prosthetics from World War I & II is seen at the exhibition 1914 - In the Middle of Europe at the Ruhr museum in the former coking plant, Zollverein, in Essen, Germany]

Not going to lie, my first though was of the Winter Soldier.


Heart of Europe. Ruhr Museum - Essen, Germany

The Ruhr Museum is almost unique : settled in an old coal mine facility, it tells the visitors the story of the Ruhr area as well as it is a memory of an industry. History, geography, geology, technologies, social history and of course, human stories are at the heart of this institution that is worth a visit. Walking into - and through - the buildings of a coal mine is a remarkable experience. 

And the whole place is a photographer’s paradise.

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17.07.14 - day 51 [ruhr museum, essen, germany]

well designed…perfectly curated…constructed with inspiration. 

This one building has become a beacon of inspiration, insight and imagination for me. It has opened my eyes to a new way of observation and learning that I have never went about before. This museum has archived the important region and history of the Ruhr with in the historic walls of a once active coal mine. But now this building produces the evidence of an extensive lifestyle and detailed evaluation of a easily misinterpreted region. The Ruhr Museum focuses on the Present, the Past and the Future, and how these moments in time have impacted the occupants and those around it. 

There is no static story telling that many museums portray, where they simply tell a story about the dead, the old and the gone. But, here in this unique space, they combine what once was, to what is and evaluates the impact to what will be. I have never been effected so much by one space, telling a historic past - yet the evaluations and the documentation of the many interactions of the people, the sound, the rivers, the animals, the nature, the industry, the sport, the food, the everything. 

I hope this moment lives with me forever as I go forth on my travels and bring this active light to evaluation of place and time.