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August 14, 2007

Projekte = Artist Projects

Liebe Gäste, liebe Kunstinteressierte, liebe Vereinsmitglieder der ProRegion,
dem Verein ProRegion Mittleres Fuldatal und dem Umweltbildungszentrum Licherode ist es gelungen, ein ganz besonderes Ereignis in unsere Region zu holen. Über 25 anerkannte Naturkünstlerinnen und -künstler aus 13 Nationen wohnen vom 3. bis zum 12. August in Licherode und arbeiten an verschiedenen Standorten vor allem im Fuldatal.
The region Hessen in Germany is well known for the documenta12 in Kassel. Not far from there another art event takes place: The Nature Art Forum 2007.
Artist, curators Anke Mellin and Dorit Croissier bring 25 artists from 13 nations together to create an exhibition of Nature Art along a path in the valley of the river Fulda. The artist`s work react to sites near this already existing bicycle path where many visitors are passing throughout the summer.
Artist curators Dorit Croissier and Anke Mellin with artist Jean-Francois Paquay.
(image clwc)
Some of the artists. (image Gerhard Manns, Ludwigsau, Germany)

The topics of created works are widely ranged- from interviews about winter, and a film suggesting snow (Paul Adamaschek (D), Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, Christine Baeumler and Beth Grossmann, USA), and statements about the relation between the amount of grass needed to make cheese as final product (Yutaka Kobayashi, Japan), to- a place for experiencing the movement of the water while sitting on a swimming swing (Istvan Eröss, Hungary). All works focus on nature and sustainability. The organizer is the Educational Centre for Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Licherode which is also the enthusiastic energizer.

August 13, 2007

2. Ben Taffinder (GB)

9 Days and Nights with Nature
A circle of canvas is laying underneath this solitary tree. Experiences and little adventures while staying in nature, seeing and feeling, are drawn on the canvas. After 9 days there are several silent traces of the environment. The work is meant as a present for the tree – it is honoring the tree.
Ben Taffinder. (image clwc)
Ben Taffinder drawing. (image Angelica)
Drawing detail. (image Frank)
(image Frank)

3. Istvan Eröss (Hungary)

Swing on the Water
Lake near Ahlheim-Heinebach
A raft with a swing in the lake. Visitors have to swim before they can swing. At the same time the raft invites us to sit and relax contemplatively, just above the surface of the water. The scale of the raft defines the space for the swing. The raft is a reminder of childhood- the swing as reminiscence of freedom and pleasure which we enjoyed as children.
Istvan Eröss and his swing. (image Angelica)
Swing on the Water. (image Frank)
Istvan Eröss. (image Frank)

4. Anke Mellin, Aviva Rahmani (D/USA)

Buro fur Kommunikation uber globale Erwarmung
Valley of Fulda near Ahlheim-Heinebach (drive way Elektro Kirchner)
A tower which shows different kinds of water is standing in a container. Visitors are invited to fold little boats out of copied articles about global warming and leave them on the water.
Statements about the topic which are not only relevant in the artist`s countries are printed on images from the valley of the river Fulda and Maine in the US.
Anke Mellin. (image Frank)
(image Angelica)
Inside the Buro detail. (image Angelica)
(image Frank)
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(image Anke Mellin)

5. Rumen Dimitrov (Bulgaria)

Agro Art
+ By the River
UnserLand at Ahlheim-Licherode
Some big wooden bowls in the meadow catch the rainwater. The water mirrors the sky and is a contrast to the green of the grass.

By the River
Meadow near Ahlheim-Baumbach
An arch made by two large boats cover the bicycle path. One boats carries two large sitting figures, the other a big standing figure. From far the boat seems to swim, but if one comes nearer the boat is so high and lifted that it is possible to stand below. The work refers to the people in the region whose life is strongly connected to the river
Rumen Dimitrov. (image clwc)
Rumen at work with chain saw. (image Angelica)
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(image Frank)
Some of the artists. (image Frank)

6. Ikezawa Takashi (Japan)

Coal Installation- From Father Sky to Mother Earth
Old Oak near the river Fulda near Rotenburg
The crown of a solitary tree is marked by a broad coal line on the ground. The line refers to the relation between the invisible roots and the visible crown of the tree. The material coal points out the relation between the tree and earth history.
Ikezawa Takashi. (image clwc)
Charcoal installation. (image Angelica)
(image Frank)
(image Takashi)
(image Takashi)

7. Johann Sietzema (NL)

Nature Spot
Floodchannel, Rotenburg/Fulda
Upright standing trunks of willow-trees are tied together with twigs. With time, this manmade spot collects pieces of wood, leaves , garbage, decay… out of the water and creates a new piece of land. This little new existance depends entirely on the influence of the surroundings. It is a borrowed land. D = 3.40m, H = 1.20m
Johann Sietzema. (image Frank)
Johann Sietzema. (image Angelica)
Nature Spot. (image Frank)

8. Ragnhild Becker / Gunar Seitz (D)

Geschichte im Fluss
Fulda Beach, Rotenburg/ Fulda – Castle
Story in the River….
Discovering the history of the region and the Fulda- river, the artists had collected a story. 1248 little wooden floats were covered with this writing (puzzle-like) and a web-address. In a performance people gave the floats into the Fulda-river. To take part in this project, somebody has to find these wooden floats and give notice via internet.
On www.waldhessen-aktuell.de/kunst one can see a map which shows the possible completion of the story.
Gunar Seitz and Ragnhild Becker. (image Frank)
Gunar and Ragnhild. (image Angelica)
Data collected. (image Angelica)
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Into the river Fulda. (image clwc)

9. Lisa Kaftori (Israel)

The Dragonfly's Eye
Herz- und Kreislaufzentrum Rotenburg
the dragonfly’s eye is designed to generate resonant poetic dialogues with nature and about symbiotic relationships between human beings and the natural world. In 1954 Rachel Carson said, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe around us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.? Sustainability has to do with connectedness, with how we see and understand the world in which we live.

the dragonfly’s eye consists of a series of poetic interventions including:
A sequence of tree markers (the type of markers used to name and classify trees in botanic gardens) placed on trees in the area. Instead of botanical information the tree markers are engraved with poetic words thoughts, and language. Viewed alone or in combinations the words on the tree markers are intended to plant seeds of awareness. They may draw the viewer’s attention to the beauty of a specific tree or to the magic of the natural world in general.

A sustainability tree – a newly planted oak tree surrounded by basalt stones. In my iconography trees represent memory, connection and sustainability; stones symbolize permanence, remembering, and wisdom. The planting of the oak tree is also a homage to Joseph Beuys, his ideas of social sculpture, and specifically to his project 7000 Oaks. It is my hope that the sustainability tree and the stones that encircle it will come to be viewed as a sacred, inspirational space where people can take time to place their thoughts on peace and sustainability or where they can relax and simply be.

An international tree planting action – on August 13, 2007, sustainability trees were planted simultaneously in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungry, Israel, Mauritius, Russia, Spain and the United States.

And a performance - viewers were invited to help plant the sustainability tree in Germany and then to join in: a circle of words, an interactive performance gathering, offering participants an opportunity to exchange stories, poems, songs, and ideas, about connections with nature.

Special thanks to: Klaus Adamaschek and the Educational Centre for Environmental Issues and Sustainability, in Licherode, curators Dorit Croissier, and Anke Mellin, Dr. Stefan Wild and the Herz-und Kreislaufzentrum, Rotenburg a.d. Fulda, Dorrie Powell for allowing me to use excerpts of her poem wind song, artist Joan Giroux, and the many others who helped me realize my work for NaturKunst Forum 2007.

Lisa Kaftori and assistant jiSue Choi. (image Angelica)

10. Renate Schürmeyer (D)

Blaue Fenster
Blue Windows
Storchensee near Rotenburg
Blue windows are exposed at special sites. The windows lead the view to the landscape behind, which shines unreal and encourages awareness for nature.
Renate Schürmeyer with artwork. (image Angelica)
Renate in landscape with artwork. (image Angelica)
Renate and Fuji. (image clwc)
JiSue Choi with "Blaue Fenster". (image Frank)

11. Yutaka Kobayashi (Japan)

Balance Dish
Grocery Store, Bebra-Breitenbach
A scale is standing on top of a table in front of the Grocery Store. One pan of the scale shows wheat the other a piece of cheese and fresh vegetables. The balance between both are obvious. It shows different amount of produced food which need the same amount of energy. Also shown in this work are photo’s of lunch meals of elderly people from the region. The artist will give an idea of the connection between these metaphors as they relates to the theme of sustainability.

Klaus Adamaschek and Yutaka Kobayashi. (image Angelica)
Yutaka Kobayashi and Fuji Tatsunori. (image Frank)

12. Fujii Tatsunori (Japan)

About Pouring
Bicycle Path between Ludwigsau-Friedlos
On both sides of the bicycle path near the high electric pylons a cone of laths is placed. The natural radioactivity of the cones is marked by numbers on the bicycle path. This work refers to the visible and invisible powers which humans have to deal with.
Fujii Tatsunori. (image Angelica)
(image Angelica)
On the path. (image Angelica)
Jean-François and Mariko (image Frank)
(image Fujii Tatsunori)
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(image Fujii Tatsunori)

13. Jean-François Paquay (Belgium)

The Straw Stack Project
At Fuldatal near Ludwigsau-Mecklar
A hutlike structure made out of straw reminds on the traditional harvest. The hut attracts visitors to enter and enjoy the smell and get the feeling for straw.
Hay and straw are part of the landscape since human beings are harvesting cereals for animal feeding.
Jean-François Paquay. (image Angelica)
Jean-François Paquay. (image Angelica)
Nearly finished.jpg
(image Gerhard Manns, Ludwigsau, Germany)
JF at work.jpg
(image Gerhard Manns, Ludwigsau, Germany)

14. Paul Adamaschek (Germany), Christine Baeumler, Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, Beth Grossman (USA)

A Winter's Tale - The Bureau of Atmospheric Anecdata: Germany Division
Still from film "another kind of winter" (image clwc)
To watch the digital video press play arrow:

To hear the audio portion of "A Winter's Tale" project press play arrow:

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The Bureau of Atmospheric Anecdata collected audio observations of winter and climate changes in the villages of Licherode, and Rotenburg, in Alheim, Germany and the surrounding communities. A digital video of "snow" ("another kind of winter") was projected into the night onto a grove of trees. At the same time the audio performance ("A Winter's Tale") was presented with several of the most poetic, reflective stories captured. The art event proved to be an ephemeral, undocumentable work.

click on continue for images and more about project 14.

Christine Baeumler and Paul Adamaschek. (image clwc)
Paul Adamaschek interviewing Sabine. (image clwc)
Bureau headquarters. (image clwc)
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Beth Grossman and Christine Baeumler (image clwc)

15. Annechien Meier (NL)

Bio Allotment Gardens Everywhere
Various sites: Bebra, Rotenburg, Mecklar, Morschen, Alheim
The project consists out of allotment gardens situated in private properties in Licherode and surrounding villages. Inhabitants and interested people were invited to join this project. They earned a mini allotment garden (1x1m). By adopting a piece of private ‘garden’ a social and sustainable commitment is made.
Annechien Meier (image clwc)
Bio allotment garden. (image Angelica)
Bio allotment garden detail. (image Angelica)

16. Gerd Logemann (D)

The Dreamhouse
On the way on the bicycle path in the valley of the river Fulda
An object made by long round logs and willow branches lays on a rustic rack wagon. The object is covered by silk like a cocoon and functions as meditation space for observing the landscape. The wagon reminds on memories on former times also. A tractor moves the piece to different sites along the Fulda valley.
Gerd Logemann and Anke Mellin. (image clwc)
Gerd Logemann. (image Angelica)
Tramhaus. (image Frank)
Gerd Logemann with Das Tramhaus. (image Frank)
(image Frank)
(image Frank)

August 12, 2007

17. Kim, Tae-hyung (Korea)

Meadow near entrance to Ahlheim-Licherode
A circle shaped piece stands upright on the slope in front of the forest. The form has a broad opening and a pointed spike which almost meet. They symbolize the beginning and the end, which are always connected.
Kim, Tae hyung with Circle. (image Frank)
(image Frank)
JiSue Choi, Ko and Kim, Tae hyung with Circle. (image Frank)
(image Frank)

18. Dorit Croissier (D)

Earth Tower
Field across the Pavillon, UnserLand, Licherode

A square, hollow tower (3.5m in height) was build with unfired bricks and slip of clay. During a performance the inside was blown into flame. The inner parts of the bricks were getting fired at a low temperature to resist wetness and heat.
By the time being the elemental power is giving the work a complete new view in an unexpected way.

(image Angelica)
(image Angelica)
Dorit Croissier. (image clwc)
(image Dorit Croissier)
(image Dorit Croissier)
(image Dorit Croissier)

19. Ko, Seung-hyun (Korea)

Unserland at Ahlheim-Licherode
A long curved pine tree with branches is transformed into a musical instrument which took the traditional Korean Kayagum as an example. A part of the tree became the resonance body. Bridges hold the strings and visitors are invited to play, but also the wind awakens the instrument to life.
Ko, Seung-hyun. (image clwc)
Ko, Seung-hyun carving. (image Angelica)
Source material. (image Angelica)
Helena examines as Ko plays the Kayagum. (image clwc)
Helena and her mother play the Kayagum. (image clwc)

20. Michael von Brentano (D)

„Similar and similar are the same“
Forest at Ahlheim-Licherode

From far the two aunt hills seem to be similar to true ones in shape, size and surface. But careful observation shows that the angle of the heap is steeper. The imbedded pinecones and branches are unnaturally colourful and the materiality is strange.
These aunt heaps are not real but just the idea of it. They are questioning the nature, what do we see- do we see nature as it is or do we see our imagination of nature?
Final project materials: styrofoam, epoxy resin, acrylic plaster, spruce needles, wire, wood 100 x 70 cm
Michael von Brentano. (image Angelica)
Michael von Brentano with Anke Mellin. (image Frank)
(image Michael von Brentano)
(image Michael von Brentano)
(image Michael von Brentano)
(image Michael von Brentano)

1. Pin Lu (China) / Anke Mellin (D)

A Humping Square
Pin Lu from China was not able to be present for the Nature Art Forum 2007. But her advices by emails enabled Anke Mellin to realize a geometric curved hill made by natural stones in cement. Natural Material is used for a geometric man-considered shape.
Pin Lu from back.jpg

Pin Lu from street.jpg

Pin Lu-front.jpg
(images Pin Lu and Anke Mellin)

August 3, 2007

cheryl wilgren clyne

Our project for the International Nature Art Forum 2007, (14. "A Winter's Tale - Bureau of Atmospheric Anecdata") could not have been realized without the help of several people. Paul Amdamaschek gave us endless support in the interview process, interpretation and editing of our audio project. Anke Mellin was an enthusiastic collaborator assisting with the interviews and in the end giving us a lovely German song to add to the art piece. Dean Clyne's expertise was invaluable in so many ways. I would like to also thank Anke Mellin and Dorit Crossier for being available, supportive curators for this spectacular exchange of ideas and art works. The Okologisches Schullandheim in Licherode was our base camp and the people responsible there, Klaus, Angelica, Paul, Susi, JiSue, Ilona (who created meals that were works of art), Gaby, Johannes, Frank and all of the others were quick to welcome us with a smile, generousity and any assistance we needed.
Thank you to Petra our godmother. Thank you to the communities in and around the Licherode, Germany areas for such a warm welcome.
Also a personal thank you to Harold, Ellen and Louisa from Galerie Landhaus Licherode for making our stay so special, we will always remember your kindness.
Last but not least, thank you to all the artists that participated. The art was spectacular and inspiring. I feel honored to have been a part of this exhibition/forum.

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone.

Warm wishes,


Cheryl Wilgren Clyne currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.