Well, I have been part of an international group of cultural entrepreneurs lately, who visited, among other places, Nordsternpark, Gelsenkirchen, and Zeche Zollern, Dortmund. Thus I had a very special perspective on coal mining culture and other traditions at Ruhr Area, which manifested in some pictures. I feel the need to share these here quite in time.
One of the other visitors seemed very interested in machines, so I took a picture of my favourite wet alien machine.
But I also like some of the instructions for the coal miners a lot. (Also at Zeche Zollern.) An alerted Micky Mouse warning us not to jump on trains which have already left the station.
And a saying that wants us to keep the neck stiff, our eyes open and our heads clear to avoid accidents and harm.
Then there is a very pop arty Saint Barbara who advises us to be secured by a rope when going deep down - or even up high?
And a sign that says that we shouldn't steal dressing from the community. (At first I had read "Verbandsmaterial".)
And a sign showing the traveller the way to the housemaster - maybe because a rope in itself doesn't do.
Then there is this dark picture of a place where they send the children of Dortmund to experience what it was like working below the ground, including a sound installation and all.
And we are off to Gelsenkirchen, where we see a video still of some Metropolis-like landscape.
And a quite ironic Herkules plus a Xmas-tree next to each other on a roof looking down at Gelsenkirchen and the Ruhr Area.