Sculptors Recreate Facade Elements Of Berliner Schloss

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Stone sculptor Peik Wuensche prepares to chisel refinements into an... News PhotoArchitecture,Arts Culture and Entertainment,Berlin,Business,Chisel,City,Construction Industry,Cultures,Exhibition,Facade,Finance,Germany,Horizontal,Human Interest,Palace,Preparation,SculptorPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11: Stone sculptor Peik Wuensche prepares to chisel refinements into an eagle that will be an exhibit piece at the Schlossbauhuette studio, where Wuensche and a team of sculptors are creating decorative elements for the facade of the Berliner Schloss city palace on November 11, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. The Berliner Schloss was the residence of the Prussian Kaiser and was among the major architectural landmarks of Berlin until it was heavily damaged by Allied bombing in 1945. The communist authorities of East Berlin demolished the building in the 1950s, and today's Berlin government is pursuing an ambitious project to rebuild the palace according to a design by Italian architect Franco Stella, which will recreate the facade of the building but with a modern interior at a cost of approximately EUR 590 million. The Humboldt Forum, the foundation leading the project, has given the Schlossbauhuette sculptors the formidable task of recreating the hundreds of architectural elements that decorated the facade, and though some original pieces were saved, more often the sculptors have only old black and white photos as reference. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)