Jürgen Goertz was born near Poznań, Poland, in 1939 and grew up in the Wendland. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe from 1963 to 1966, and has lived and worked in southwestern Germany ever since. In 2004, he was awarded the title of honorary professor by the state of Baden-Württemberg for his cultural contributions. It is hard to imagine the region today without his sculptures adorning public spaces. Now, one year after his 80th birthday, a large exhibition honoring his work will be held at the Hortus Palatinus.