Mann mit Giraffe. 2000. Bronze with black patina. Plinth with monogram and number as well as with foundry mark. One of 25 copies. Height: 59.3 cm (23.3 in). Plinth: 0,5 x 20,5 x 32,7 0,19 x 8 x 12,8 Cast by Schmäke, Düsseldorf. An eight meter tall sculpture with the same motif and in colors is mounted at the entry of the Hamburg zoo "Hagenbeck's Tierpark. [SM].
"If there's something that bugs me, confuses me, I always have the proverb "You only see what you know" in mind. Or (from Goethe): "The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes." In this sense I believe it to be a good approach to lure the observer with something apparently familiar and to stir confusion with strangeness, by adding breaks, thus prompting a kind of cognitive effort.“ (Source: Interview with Stephan Balkenhol; http://www.katholische-kirche-kassel.de/interview_stephan_balkenhol.php, date of issue October 30, 2018)