JANARA is enthroned on the roof of the BikiniARTmuseum - soon she will welcome visitors from all over the world.


With a spectacular lifting action at the beginning of March, the 10-metre tall, impressive symbolic figure - a girl from the 1950s in a winning pose with bikini and boxing gloves - was placed on the roof of the BikiniARTmuseum. JANARA" is now enthroned at a height of a good 20 metres, visible from afar. One of the last great works before the eagerly awaited opening.

JANARA and the BikiniARTmuseum say THANK YOU to all designers worldwide!

That was an exciting story. On 04 March in the course of the morning, the almost 10 metre high JANARA was hoisted onto the roof of the five-storey BikiniARTmuseum with a hydraulic terrain crane. Now, after a successful action, it is enthroned at a height of 20 metres and can be seen from far away. The journey started the day before with a special transport from the Maria Laach monastery, where the bikini sculpture was forged, via the A6 motorway to Bad Rappenau, 230 km away.

Motif: Symbol for the liberation of the woman
Summer is still far away and with it the time when one enjoys the warm sun in airy and light clothes. But this was not always the case: for over 100 years, women fought against social morals and political bathing regulations to be able to wear what they wanted to wear when bathing in public. In all countries there were prohibitions and penalties. Women could even go to prison if they did not comply with the regulations. In the beginning, swimming was even life-threatening with the prescribed amount of clothes, which weighed many kilograms. The liberation of the female body into comfortable and safe swimwear was a struggle for every inch of fabric. And there were a number of very strong women who fought for the self-determination of women in society. "Women Power" is one of the main themes in the BikiniARTmuseum (short: "BAM") and JANARA the corresponding symbolic figure.

Provocative & so feminist
The BAM is the first place in the world where historical and contemporary knowledge on swimwear and bathing culture gathered around the globe is collected and presented to the public. It will soon open in Bad Rappenau, the city at the A6 motorway exit, which is often referred to as the capital of swimwear. JANARA is now enthroned on the roof of the museum in an imposing size. JANARA depicts a girl from the 1950s wearing a bikini and boxing gloves in a winning pose. The creator of the figure, created with great grace and feeling, is Doris Geraldi, a well-known sculpture artist from Rio de Janeiro. In the Maria Laach monastery, master blacksmith Edgar Radar and his seven-member team took up the challenge of forging the almost 10-metre tall figure. JANARA quickly became a favourite project. The figurative representation and the adherence to the exact proportions of the filigree original model of 560mm made the work extremely difficult. After almost 5 months of forging, JANARA and her globe was completed at the end of February. The works in steel were hot-dip galvanized and powder coated. In the night from 03. to 04. March JANARA travelled with a special transporter from Maria Laach via the motorway A6 to Bad Rappenau 230 km away, where she was set up in the morning of 04. March.

In the press:

To the video of the Landesschau Baden-Württemberg (05.03.20) : The bikini sculpture by Maria Laach incl. excl. insights into the BikiniARTmuseum

To the video of the Landesschau Rheinland-Pfalz (04.03.20) : The bikini sculpture by Maria Laach

Picture: New landmark in the Ländle monastery supplies bikini boxer for museum

Voice: The biggest bikini figure in the world is in Bad Rappenau

General Anzeiger : "Bikini boxer" - Ten-metre high craftsmanship from the Maria Laach monastery

Wochenspiegel: Ten meter high sculpture from the Laacher Kunstschmiede

Edgar Radar and team installing the roof figure © BikiniARTmuseum
The view from above © BikiniARTmuseum
After the globe has been securely bolted to the roof, the team around master blacksmith Edgar Rader can get the delicate figure ready for airy transport. © BikiniARTmuseum
Only delivered overnight with the special transport, a hydraulic crane has to lift the almost 10m tall figure onto the roof.
Photo: Kappest / Mendig municipality
Photo: Kappest / Mendig municipality
Photo: Kappest / Mendig municipality