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Der Ring Alzey-Weinheim

constructing Land Art "Der Ring" in Alzey-Weinheim, Germany.
Excavating the trench after constructing the circle.
photographer©Jens Hedtke

After determining the center of the circle on the bisector of the angle between the two tangents - the small roads, leading from the junction up into the vineyard, I constructed the circle; a steel pin which I drove in the center and a ten meter long string were my primary tools.

A rock, which had been lying to the east of the Wine Church, was moved down the hill for me and placed in the center of the ring. After that the digging could begin. I was happy that the organization was able to acquire a small excavator to dig the trench in which we would plant the trees; the earth was almost as hard as concrete, so doing this by hand was out of the question.

But it humbles me to compare this work to that of the erecting of Stonehenge, when with handwork this much more monumental and much heavier work was done without the help of any machines. However, the little excavator we got to use to dig the ring for planting the trees, wouldn't have helped much either in those days, taking into account that the smallest stones weighed tons. One thing which we can compare with Stonehenge is the wooden palisade, which was Stonehenge’s first phase. One day the Ironwood trees - close together as they have been planted here in the Weinheim vinyards - will form a circular palisade around the Wodan Stone, in the center of the ring. And, in time, this palisade will function as an impermeable stockade and block the way for anyone who wants to enter the inner courtyard, in which the stone is the central object. The trees have been planted barely one meter apart.

 

the work constructing Der Ring
the other participating land artists
the Weinkirche


3D anaglyph photographs of my sculpture
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