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The garden of Human Rights

German philosopher Barbara Reiter and sociologist Witha Winter von Gregory organized the creation of this significant bronze artwork along the path of Bremen’s famous Rhododendron Park

24 November 2020
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Ecology, rights and pedagogy – In Bremen, we read Human Rights while walking in a public garden. The park holds the largest collection of rhododendrons in the world, from many different countries.

In this installation, the Human Rights text is carved into bronze plaques and installed by the park’s pathways. Displayed throughout the park, the articles can be read while walking, as if they were poetic and philosophical reflections that link nature and plants with human mobility.

Coordinating the complex financing of this project and the annual collaboration with the schools is a feat of sociologist Witha Winter von Gregory, a Bremen resident.

Every spring, local schools and students come to polish, clean and read the bronze plaques. It is a useful civic, educational and artistic activity because students also wipe the plaques on paper and bring the images back to school.


Witha Winter von Gregory
Barbara Reiter
Françoise Schein
Heidrun Lammert
Bettina Wagner
Lothar Rieke, Bronzeguss
Gartenbau Grewe
Mathias Friemelt
Markus Backes
StadtGrün Bremen


Many supporters of the project. Here are a few of them:
Gert Adelman, Leiter des Bremer Büros der Agenda 21
Amnesty International
Bremer Informationszentrum für Menschenrechte
Bremischen Zentralstelle für die Gleichberechtigung der Frau
Landesamtes für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

Schools :
Schulzentrum Rockwinkel
Schulzentrum Ronzelenstraße
Kippenberg Gymnasium


The sponsors are very diversified here are some of them:
Evangelische Bildungswerks Bremen
Stiftung Die Schwelle Gert Klatt
Stiftung Wohnliche Stadt
Waldemar Koch Stiftung
Sparkasse Bremen
24 private investors and families


Witha Winter von Gregory
Barbara Reiter
Françoise Schein