It is the largest pit lamp in the world that thousands of motorists see on the A42 Rhine bridge coming from Duisburg every day - the Internet lexicon Wikipedia even describes it as "the largest mining art work in the world". High above Moers, one of the most impressive and beautiful landmarks in the Ruhr area rises with the so-called Geluchter. It is not only beautiful to look at during the day, but also at dusk. It stands on a slag heap of the Rheinpreussen colliery, which is one of the highest in the area.
The beautiful miner's lamp is not quite at the highest point, but still on the summit plateau. A so-called light, of course in a handy design, was previously an indispensable utensil in mining, since this tool was mostly the only light source for the miner in the pitch-dark tunnel. This example is a special design, the so-called Davy lamp or Davys lamp, which, despite the open fire, prevented the ignition of mine gas by a special lattice construction and was therefore vital. But it wasn't just by donating light that the light was a little lifesaver: the miner's lamps (including the later electric lights) usually marked whether all the miners in one shift had returned to daylight. If a lamp was missing, it could be assumed that the owner was still underground and might be in trouble.
The landmark, 30 meters oversized and painted in bright red, was designed by Otto Piene (1928-2014), introduced at the turn of the millennium and finally built in 2007 with great private commitment and the support of some investors. The inauguration took place on September 17, 2007. On some dates you can climb the lights inside during the day and use them as a further elevated viewpoint.
June 22, 2019
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