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The Golden Ladder
Since 15 September 2008, another impressive feature has been added to the Duisburg skyline: the 65 metre Golden Ladder construction that protrudes from the glass roof of the Forum Duisburg at its main entrance in Königstraße. The ladder reaches all the way from the underground parking level up through the shopping levels to a height of about 54 meters above street level. It extends about 35 meters above the Forum Duisburg roof.

This ladder was made from 32 tonnes of steel that were then covered by 25,000 leaves of 24-carat gold leaf. It was manufactured and assembled by the company Maurer Söhne, specialist structural steel engineers from Munich, Germany. The Golden Ladder was designed by two artists from Munich, Johannes Brunner and Raimund Ritz.
Source: Multi Development

"Stairway To Heaven" - Led Zeppelin, a legendary band from the seventies
For the song click here: Stairway to heaven, Led Zeppelin

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stars are all close
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all is one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying a stairway to heaven.

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