The Human Shapes project is a tribute to ten personalities from the past, who made a significant contribution to Merano’s cultural life during the course of their lives. The project will embrace a wide temporal arch. It draws back to the theme of the plastic representation of the human shape, although it supports a free interpretation through contemporary art’s expressive means. The Human Shapes project will give life to an open-air art gallery that will unfold along the Passer Promenade, between the Theater Bridge and the Iron Bridge. Every year, two to three busts of influential personalities will be created. The three personalities for 2015 have been chosen in a collaboration with various town institutions. They are: Franz Kafka (1883-1924), writer Antonio Manfredi (1912-2001), poet and painter Emma Hellenstainer (1817-1904), tourist pioneer in Tyrol The following artists have created the first Human Shapes: Urs Lüthi (Switzerland) – Kafka (pictured) Aron Demetz (South Tyrol/Italy) – Manfredi Stephan Balkenhol (Germany) – Hellenstainer The Human Shapes project has been conceived to have a long–lasting impact in Merano and to provide inspiration and fill gaps in the city’s collective memory.