Home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work.
German artist Hans Dieter Tylle used images from existing art works to create this Roman-style mosaic tile floor as visitors walk into the Grohmann Museum's glass entryway. The mosaic draws upon images from the Man at Work collection and features five images of men and women at work. Emphasizing manual labor, Tylle chose the miner, spinner, fieldworkers, blacksmith and foundry worker to represent various aspects of the collection.
Created by Hans Dieter Tylle, the Grohmann Museum's atrium ceiling features a 700-square foot circular mural inspired by the collection's painting depicting Venus and Cupid at the Forge of Vulcan. In the mural, Tylle portrays the worlds of the gods and the inventive human spirit in juxtaposition to the manual laborers of the mosaic tile floor below.
The sculpture garden atop the Grohmann Museum is more than an extension of the Man at Work art collection. The roof is a Green Roof — an energy-saving and environmentally friendly alternative to a conventional rooftop. The plant and grass-covered roof keeps the building cooler in the summer, saves energy and extends the useful life of the roof. Rainwater is also trapped in the plantings, reducing the amount of storm water runoff that enters the city’s sewer system.
A dozen large, bronze sculptures – men toiling in the field and foundry, heaving hammers or pinching molten metal with hot tongs – perch on the roof line of the Grohmann Museum. These fellows, each about 9 feet tall and weighing in at a thousand pounds a piece, have a commanding view of a city that was built on the hard work they depict.
The commissioned sculptures, replicas of smaller bronzes in the collection, were fabricated in the Philippines through a process called lost-foam casting that transformed them from their original size of about 19-inches to larger-than-life scale. In addition to the 12 large-scale works, another six sculptures are displayed in the 10,000 square-foot garden’s interior. The space is perfect place for enjoying sculpture, contemplation or entertaining.