hortus liberatus, merzig

catalogue number: hdv 2000.112.1
date created: 1999-2000
classification: installations
work type: environment
medium: in the 'Park der Andersdenkenden', a gate between hedges, decorated with gilded tops and the golden words 'to be to be' between the bars closes the 'hortus liberatus', the liberated garden, the area of ​​the former Protestant cemetery of the psychiatric institution on which inmates who died from its founding in 1879 until 1979 were buried. herman de vries wanted to create a sanctuary here, another 'holy place', in this case a place left to nature that no longer can be accessed by humans in the future. The garden should be free, free from human interference and a reminder of people who were not allowed to live their lives. The blacksmith Fred Schmalz from Knetzgau made the grille using traditional blacksmith work. 14 vertical rods with gold-plated ends are inserted into two crossbars made of square iron with square thorned openings. The gold-plated square iron lettering is welded on
dimensions: gate 2.10 × 2 m.
signature and inscriptions:
current repository: 'Park der Andersdenkenden', Haus am Münchberg at the Gustav-Regler-Zentrum, Trierer Straße 148, Merzig
current repository number:
collecting history:
related works:
photo/scan: Inge Plettenberg, Merzig and Margarete Wagner-Grill, Merzig (text)
rights & reproduction: herman de vries
published references
monograph herman de vries (Galerie Aline Vidal/Anthése : Paris 2000) image repr. on page 86.