Uwe Spiekermann, the son of a stone sculptor, had just finished his own training in stone sculpture when, at the tender age of 21, he took over his father’s stonemasonry firm. Despite the heavy work load and the related commercial responsibility, he was able to further his artistic development. He attended a large number of training courses (including in bronze casting) and passed his master craftsman’s examination in 1992. A major theme of his artistic work, albeit not the only one, is the field of sepulchral culture. However, he does not consider memorials and grave designing as “traditional art”, which is merely carried on with strict forms and motifs, but rather strives, along with other artists, designers and architects, to give this traditional art form a new, contemporary language.
In his “Tango Dancers of Death”, Spiekermann, himself an impassioned dancer, combines the sensual, fun-loving tango with the medieval motif of the Dance of Death. His Death is no bogeyman, though, but rather reminds us to celebrate and enjoy life – especially because life is “enveloped” by death, regardless of one’s age.