November 15, 2021

Luxembourg - Meet The Tall Banker

I was talking to my friend after a meeting in Kirchberg when I've spotted him just like that, the Tall Banker. Of course I've stopped and took pictures, but who is this banker and why does he have a statue in Kirchberg?

If you are not familiar to Luxembourg, Kirchberg is the European district, a place with more office spaces than housing, at least on the main street. When I've worked in Kirchberg, I had colleagues telling me that in the 80's that was an agricultural field with just one big tower and they used to say "let's meet at The tower" now there are at least ten towers in Kirchberg and during the week it's very crowded with office people, bankers or not.

So that is maybe why they chose to place the Tall Banker here. 

The Tall Banker is about eight metres in height, but its creators, the German artists Inges Idee, have given him a normal person's waist. He is supposed to define a "successful corporate culture, where progress, profit, optimisation and vision are key". 

To me, he looks exactly like "An Alien in New York" in Sting's song, someone so refined that it almost doesn't fit in a new environment and is considered an outsider, an alien, a stranger. You have to know a bit of the story behind the alien, but safe to say, to me he looks like an stereotypical, romantic and old version of what a banker, a corporate person should look like. In a suit, with an umbrella and a financial newspaper under his arm.

His shoes size is 96 compared to mine's, 38.

To me Kirchberg is a district left to be discovered to its full potential. There was an art tour at some point, but I could not find anything about it online. There are a lot of sculptures in Kirchberg, a few very close to the Tall Banker, I wrote in 2018 about the Knotted Gun which is in a park, also in Kirchberg. The area is crowded during the week, but come the weekend it is quiet and is worth a visit. 

I hope you found something useful reading this article here, today. If you want a chat I am on Instagram @mademoiselle_ralu


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