Herbert Labusga

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Herbert Labusga (born January 20, 1939 in Opole ) is a German painter and sculptor . In addition to sculptures in public spaces, he also created numerous floats for the Cologne Rose Monday procession .


Labusga attended the Kenar School in Zakopane, Poland , where he studied sculpture in wood, stone and clay as well as drawing and painting. In 1958 he passed the Abitur there. A year later his family emigrated to Cologne, where his maternal grandmother was already living. From 1959 to 1964 Labusga studied painting at the Cologne Werkschulen with Otto Gerster . From 1963 he had artistic group and solo exhibitions.

Herbert Labusga lives in Cologne and has two grown daughters.


As early as the 1960s, Labusga was working as a student at WDR for TV productions and was soon using the material styrofoam for the construction of sets and props . From 1966 he worked as a freelance set designer for theater, television and film productions. He worked for directors such as Hans W. Geißendörfer , Rolf Hädrich , Klaus Lindemann , Rainer Werner Fassbinder , Mauricio Kagel , Ernst-Ludwig Freisewinkel , Wolfgang Petersen and Werner Herzog . His film equipment included The Neverending Story (1984) and The Neverending Story 3 - Salvation from Fantasy (1994) with backgrounds and large sculptures as well as Das As der Ase (1982). In Fitzcarraldo (1982) he worked as a studio set construction manager, in the movie Das Boot (1981) as a stage painter.

As a sculptor and painter, Labusga created wall paintings and sculptures made of stone, artificial stone and bronze on behalf of municipal, church and private assignments.

Wagon construction

In the early 1960s, the Cologne Carnival Festival Committee looked to the Cologne factory schools for support in building wagons for the Cologne Rose Monday procession. Since then, Labusga has worked annually as a wagon builder for the train and built large persiflage and motif wagons for carnival clubs. According to him, he introduced a new construction method by using light constructions made of wire and paper instead of plaster for the large structures , which shortened the construction time and then became the standard. In the meantime, Labusga's daughter Lisa is also building train wagons for the festival committee.


One focus of Herbert Labusga's work is the Rhineland . There are also a number of his sculptures in public space.

Herbert Labusga is represented in the permanent exhibition of the Stammheim Castle Park with the life-size steel silhouettes Citizens of Stammheim (2004) and with the sculpture Castle with Count Couple (2002). For the latter, he had made a negative mold out of the ground and poured it with concrete. After hardening, the sculpture was pulled out of the ground. In 1987, Labusga added five bronze pigs to the pig fountain in Zons ( Bernhard Lohf ), which are set up next to it.

Grave of the reporter "Zik" with a bronze camera

Labusga also designed gravestones several times, such as the one for the composer, copywriter, publisher and presenter Toni Steingass or for the express photographer Zik, known in Cologne, in the form of a Canon EOS-1 as a bronze cast, both at the Melatenfriedhof in Cologne .

Equestrian statue on the Heumarkt

Some attention was drawn to an action during which Labusga secretly created a makeshift replica of an equestrian monument of Friedrich Wilhelm III on the Cologne Heumarkt in September 1985 . set up by Prussia from styrofoam. The Prussian original made of bronze was erected in 1878, but was destroyed in the Peter and Paul bombing on June 29, 1943. The city administration had the remaining bronze parts melted down in 1958/59 in order to generate sales, only the horse's head and croup remained.

On the initiative of the city curator at the time, Hiltrud Kier , the horse's croup was placed on the hay market in 1982 . What was intended as a protest against the construction of a new hotel triggered a lengthy process to rebuild the complete Prussian monument. In the winter of 1983/84 the base had already been rebuilt.

The progress of the project was delayed, also because of the costs, which inspired Labusga to make an inexpensive replica out of Styrofoam and to have it secretly attached to the base at night. The action met with a positive response, also from the city administration, which not only left the monument standing, but even prevented the artist from dismantling it, which was scheduled for March 20, 1986, despite a warning from Labusgas because of the short durability of his temporary solution. That was done by a storm on November 21, 1986, which swept the Styrofoam monument from its base. After the Cologne Tourist Office had finally collected money for a casting of the equestrian monument, the Düsseldorf sculptor Raimund Kittl was commissioned to do this .


In 2011 Herbert Labusga was awarded the Mercurius Prize of the Kölner Verkehrsverein e. V. and KölnTourismus GmbH.

Web links

Commons : Herbert Labusga  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Never been to the Zoch . In: Kölnische Rundschau . Cologne January 3rd, 2015.
  2. ^ Artothek of the Cologne City Library (ed.): Artists in Cologne 1990 . Wienand Verlag, Cologne 1989, ISBN 3-87909-216-8 .
  3. a b Vita Herbert Labusga ( Memento from March 30, 2018 in the Internet Archive )
  4. Herbert Labusga. Retrieved January 15, 2021 .
  5. Anja Katzmarzik: Topping- out ceremony: A new car for the prince. February 9, 2010, accessed on January 14, 2021 (German).
  6. ^ Initiative for culture area Rechtsrhein (kRR): Schlosspark Stammheim Art 2019 (exhibition catalog) . ( t-online.de [PDF]).
  7. RP ONLINE: Top 10 Rhineland: The pig fountain in Zons. January 10, 2017, accessed January 14, 2021 .
  8. Christian Lorenz: EXPRESS cult photographer: Zik († 63) gets his "honor grave" on Melaten . In: Express.de . ( express.de [accessed January 15, 2018]).
  9. a b Monument to the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. In: KuLaDig, Kultur.Landschaft.Digital. online , accessed January 3, 2021
  10. Inge Wozelka and Lisa tens: Cologne loses his Styrofoam King; Hurricane destroyed the joke equestrian statue at the Heumarkt . In: Express . October 19, 2011.
  11. Mercurius Prize 2011 awarded - Cologne Deutz is coming! Retrieved January 15, 2021 .