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Beuys's distinctive cross symbol appears in this work. Unusually however, it is painted in grey oil paint instead of brown and is balanced by a negative symbol on the accompanying part of the work. These symbols connect this painting with electricity and energy, recalling the positive and negative terminals of a battery and energy created through chemical reaction. The presence of both symbols here suggests a state of balance. The image to the left appears to be a leaping female figure and although the right side is more difficult to decipher it may be intended to be masculine in tone, to balance the femininity.