roots / sculpture park Kloster Schönthal

Acacia, RVS  3,8/4,5 /8,8 m


Sculpture Park

International and Swiss artists have produced site specific sculptures for the meadows and woods around Schönthal, having first familiarised themselves with the monastery, its history and the archaic landscape.

The gradual development of the collection makes it a work-in-progress. Currently, 33 works by 23 artists line the paths and trails. (source website Schoenthal)


Artist in Residence

Four months I have been working as an artist in residence at the sculpture park Schönthal (near Basel, Switzerland). I lived and worked in this unique park, to create a new sculpture. The “Kunststall” served as a workshop / studio.

I worked with acacia trunks from the area, that I barked with handtools and assembled on the site. The trunks build a network, similar to roots of a tree or a framework of a shelter. They slowly grew into the final form, an open accessible structure. This new, but at the same time archaic structure, inweaves the ground, crosses the sky and connects both.



For this unique occasion I developed and constructed a mobile tent to live in. This basecamp is inspired by the Geodesic Domes of Buckminster Fuller and the mongolian yurts.

Wooden sticks and tent fabric form a hemispheric structure which makes it possible to stay in and study nature, to absorb the surrounding during different daytimes and weather conditons.


video by : J. Ott

picture by : W. Hiltpold

picture by : Hugo Schlüssel


Support / Sponsors

This project is friendly supported by the sculpture park Schönthal, the sponsors listed below and a lot of involved people.


Thank you for your support!