The Neue Wache Pietà
After German reunification, the Neue Wache (New Guardhouse) became the "Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Victims of War and Tyranny." In the center of the memorial is the large sculpture "Mother with her Dead Son" by Käthe Kollwitz. Placed directly under an oculus in the ceiling, the statue is exposed to the rain, snow and cold of the Berlin climate, symbolizing the suffering of civilians during World War II. Light through the oculus provides a natural vignette drawing your attention to the statue.