La dispersion des semences, la récolte des cendres

The Spreading of the Seeds, the Gathering of the Ashes

Die Verteilung der Saat, die Kollekte der Asche

Jochen Gerz and Esther Shalev-Gerz

CR 118. Year 1995

Die Verteilun Der Saat Die Kollekte Der Asche Jochen Gerz Cr 118 023 Web

    Those of us who have seen, if you can speak of seeing the Monument against Fascism in Hamburg and the Monument against Racism in Saarbruck, know that these, by now almost invisible artworks, only serve the purpose of making us witnesses of ourselves, of our collective history and our responsibility for it and the future. The Dispersal of Seeds – The Collection of Ashes continues not only the tradition of these two radical monuments, but furthermore of the critique of the monument itself. Also, this is an artwork in hiding, refusing monumentality and the derisory manifestations of the might of the powerful.

    Christian Bernard, 1995


    Work in public space

    3 aluminum plates, each 40 x 40 cm, 2 aluminum masts, each 1800 cm high, d = 20 cm. Mast base, 80 x 80 x 160 cm
    Location: Park of the Palais des Nations, Genève

    Two aluminum masts are positioned vertically and anchored 120 cm apart in the ground of a lawn. One of the masts has a single, the other a double platform at its top. The work is a gift from the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the UN Charter and was dedicated on Human Rights Day, December 10, 1995.


    Parc des Palais des Nations, Genève, 10.12.1995


    I: Bolzano 1999, p. 128

    II: Czöppan 2, 1995, p. 142. Fleck 1995, p. 80. Mathonnet 1995. Red. 5, 1995. Red. 2, 1996, pp. 45-46. Red. 30, 1996

    IV: Kölner Skizzen 1996, pp. 16-17

    V: Bernard 1995

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    My name is Jochen Gerz