Corinna Schwiegershausen would have loved to have been born with wings: she just loves being in the air. The five-time world hang gliding champion not only likes flying in her downtime, but also professionally, as an instructor and a flight attendant. But being high above ground wasn’t always something she craved – the trained graphic designer suffers from a fear of heights. After taking up hang gliding 29 years ago to deal with her phobia, the Bremen-born athlete has left her home to move to Munich, where she is nearer to the mountains. What fascinates her about hang gliding is the idea of being able to cover several hundred kilometres powered by the forces of nature alone. She describes her beloved sport in numbers.
Corinna Schwiegerhausen's dream in numbers
35,000 kilometres is the distance Schwiegershausen has travelled by hang glider so far – almost enough to circumnavigate the earth.
41.5 hours is the marathon length of time that Corinna Schwiegershausen once spent in the air over a period of 12 days at a world championship in Australia. She covered 1,703 km and eventually won gold.
415 km is the length of her longest non-stop flight by hang glider. Along the way, she flew over three states in Brazil and broke three world records.
5,000 metres above sea level is the highest altitude she has ever reached while hang gliding, over a volcano in Mexico.
130 km/h is the top speed Schwiegershausen usually reaches when hang gliding. With additional ballast, she can top 150 km/h, although it makes take-off and landing more difficult.
1,200 kcals of energy is roughly what she burns during a three-hour glide – it is needed both for controlling the glider and for concentration.
30 hours is the time it once took Schwiegershausen to return to her car after a landing. She couldn't find anyone to give her a lift and had to spend the night in a bus shelter in Austria.
The biography of Sara Nuru reads like something from a novel: aged 19, the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants was crowned the winner of a well-known model casting show on German television. She was inundated with job offers from major fashion labels from all over the world. But Nuru didn't just want to be the successful model – she wanted to give something back to society and make the world a better place. Her mother's coffee ceremonies inspired her to get involved on behalf of her parents' country of origin. She also wanted to create an alternative to the traditional donation model and to help others through economic activity. As a result, she and her sister Sali founded nuruCoffee, a social business that sells organically cultivated fair trade coffee from Ethiopia. Part of the proceeds goes to Ethiopian women through the nuruWomen association, helping them to take control of their lives by providing micro-credit and training. Nuru shares the headline figures that have helped her to achieve her dream of good and fairly traded coffee.
Sara Nuru's dream in numbers
4,500 farmers in Ethiopia are members of the Ferro Cooperative from which nuruCoffee sources its coffee.
266 women in Ethiopia have already received support in the form of micro-credit through the nuruWomen association.
5,475 hours in planning have roughly been invested in nuruCoffee by the Nuru sisters.
Three is the number of times a year that the siblings travel to Ethiopia to buy coffee and visit women's projects.
13 cups of coffee (more or less) per week keep Nuru's energy levels up.
50 per cent of nuruCoffee's profits, or at least one euro per kg, goes to projects that help Ethiopian women.
Three years is the time it took from the first idea for nuruCoffee in 2014 to the first kilo sold by the social business in 2017.
3,000 kg of coffee beans have to be picked and processed to produce 320 kg of nuruCoffee.
93 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature for brewing nuruCoffee.
He is considered a rock star among gallery owners and deals in works by in-demand artists such as Norbert Bisky or Elmgreen & Dragset. Johann König has an eye for art – even though his eyesight is actually quite poor. He got to know the art world at an early age through his parents, a well-known curator and an illustrator. But at the age of 11, he had an accident while playing with blank cartridges and nearly lost his sight. König then went to a school for the blind and founded his own gallery before finishing his schooling and nearly going broke in the process. But he fought back from these tough times. Today, the König Galerie in the former Berlin church of St. Agnes is one of the most important hotspots of the German art scene. König's dream in numbers.
Johann König's dream in numbers
21 was the age at which König founded his first gallery. It proved to be a bumpy start but then he and the artist Jeppe Hein had an idea for a work of art that would be met with great enthusiasm.
40 exhibitions were organised by König and his team in 2021.
250 works were exhibited at the Messe in St. Agnes in the summer of 2021. One of these was ‘Choo Choo’ by George Condo, valued at 1.3 million euros.
200 artists a year enter discussions with König.
60 phone calls are all part of a normal working day for the gallery owner.
100 voice messages or thereabouts are what Johann König can expect in a day’s work.
50 people are employed at the König Galerie.
0.3 × 5 centimetres – the dimensions of the ‘Screw on the Wall’ by Jeppe Hein, the smallest work of art shown in the König Galerie so far.
9 × 20 metres – the size of ‘Short Story’ by Elmgreen & Dragset – the largest artwork exhibited in the König Galerie to date.
Text first published in the Porsche customer magazine Christophorus, No. 401.
Author: Micha Betz
Photographer: Rafael Krötz
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