Untitled, 2007. Here the sense that the spiritual might represent some sort of escape from earth's darkness seems especially clear.
These railroad images, another theme, are Nazi references. Kiefer has been trying for his whole career to get his fellow Germans to think about Nazism and their part in its crimes; his first works that attracted any attention were photographs of himself giving the Nazi salute in front of public buildings in Germany. Above, Lot's Wife, 1989.
I like a phrase I read somewhere to describe his work, "grim extravagance."