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Sea monsters under investigation


State of the monumental sculptures at the Pluto Grotto is examined


The Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park in the North Hessian city of Kassel is the largest mountain park in Europe with an area of 2.4 square kilometres and a landscape park of international standing.The Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park in the North Hessian city of Kassel is the largest mountain park in Europe with an area of 2.4 square kilometres and a landscape park of international standing. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 23 June 2013 and is listed among the top 100 sights in Germany. The park contains the Pluto Grotto with remarkable large sculptures by the sculptor Johann August Nahl the Elder (1710-1781). The sculptures depict mythical creatures and sea monsters and have recently been restored. However, for some years now, a clear greening of the sandstone sculptures and the tuff cave architecture has become apparent. ACS therefore has been instructed to to carry out an extensive investigation of the monumental sculptures. This includes inventory mapping and damage and ultrasonic measurements.

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