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My old University, Heidelberg, was renowned to be a center of democratic thinking during the Weimarer republic. At the time, the "new University" was built in the old city center, a building housing many lecture rooms and some faculties to relieve the faculties housed in cramped buildings scattered all over the old city center, mostly dating back to the 18th century. This building was  inscribed with what then became the motto of the Universtiy, "Dem Lebendigen Geist". While this builiding is still called "New University", it's part of the "old University" today where the human and law sciences are situated, while the nature sciences and most of the medical faculties moved to a newly-built campus outside of town in the 1960s. Since some years, the motto has found a beautiful and very impressive new interpretation:
The letters are about 6ft 6 high, and in warm weather often students are to be seen sitting leaning against them or on them, reading or taking a break. Translating that motto is a bit difficult, I'm afraid; according to an article, a rough translation would be "to the creative mind". But particularly keeping its origin in mind, it would also mean the free, unencumbered mind, to the freedom of thinking, particularly outside the box.

I couldn't get far away enough to catch all the letters, since the first three, "dem" are swinging back
on a kind of wavy groundline.
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It's a good thought. I wonder how many headaches the G has caused from those standing up too quickly?
Hopefully not too many! *g*
the free, unencumbered mind, to the freedom of thinking

That's a wonderful motto, especially displayed so prominently.
Yes, isn't it? I think it's also a great reminder - and joy - to see them so prominently and frequently on a daily base, walking by. I still enjoy that when I walk by on my way to the University Hospital every three months for a checkup.
Very apt motto for a center of learning. And what a neat interpretation of the prompt.
Thanks! :o)
What a lovely response to the prompt - and it looks like a good place to learn too.
Due to my subjects, I haven't been around there much during my Uni time propoer, but with my first job. It would have been awesome, though from my point of view more for the enormous amount of greenerey in between the buildings to take a break and rest. My faculities and buildings were all in the old city centre, and it was often tedious to plough your way through the masses of tourists Heidelberg has all year round and deal with the general crampedness. One often had to queue up for a space to sit down in one of the libraries, and if you got one, you thought twice if you took a lavatory break! *g*
I especially like the last photo with the tree against the red. And very much like the motto :-)
We were very happy that year to have an "Indian Summer" with the most awesome colours. This happens extremely rarely in our area, and I had been there mainly for taking autumn colour pictures. The red letters fit perfectly, of course.
It's quite spectacular! I've lived in the tropics most of my life so I have no idea what an Indian Summer is?
I don't know why it's called "Indian" summer myself; but it's typical for the Northern Hemisphere and afaik occurs in the U.S. at the East Coast regularly. Due to the climate conditions in autumn (a certain mix of heat, dryness and cold is needed) the leaves turn violently coloured before they fall, and produce these awesome landscape images with breathtaking orange, red and yellow trees I thought everybody knows and relies to this term. Sorry for the assumption!
My husband explained that the frost needs to come so fast that the leaves are still up at the trees, but suddenly deprived of their chlorophyll so the reddish colours happen. Usually, we're just having anything from yellow to brown in Germany/ Central Europe, but nothing more colourful, and the leaves fall fast, with the exception of non-native trees and shrubs which have coloured leaves by nature.

Oh wow, how interesting.

I don't know about Australia, but I lived in Canberra for one memorable half-winter (It's very very cold there and I ran home to the tropics in northern Australia halfway through!) in autumn the colours were stunning and they stayed on the trees for quite a long time. It got cold fast too there, but I don't know if that contributed to it or if it was just the kind of trees.

The native trees don't do that there though, but actually here in the tropics in the dry season quite a few native trees do have leaves turn coloured and fall off to cope with the lack of water. Most have a few leaves left on them, but some lose them completely.

Thanks for the explanation :-)
I love the thought behind the words, and that second picture is beautiful with the colours and fallen leaves all around.
Lovely photos! It reminds me of the television show, "Fringe" where they had giant letters telling the viewer where they were at the start of each new location scene. I like the red.
It's a beautiful colour, and I was lucky to shoot them during such a colourful autumn which is very rare hereabouts.