catalogue number: hdv 2005.111.1
date created: 2005
classification: installations
work type: outdoor installation
medium: engraved signs and texts, gold leaf on rocks: ambulo ergo sum | kein anfang/kein ende | infini rotas | sator/arepo/tenet/opera/rotas | no thing | ich bin in allen was lebt | ars vivens | chance & change | here & everywhere | all in one / one in all | natura numquam errat | ouroboros | pantha rei | perfect [sanskrit] | was/wieso/vonwo/wohin | to be to be | veritas existentiae | all | wu wei [chinese] | this is perfect. that is perfect. perfect comes from perfect. take perfect from perfect, perfect remains [reconstructed] | different/identic | es war eimal | oum [sanskrit] | here | natura artis magistra | be here now | every thing is aal ways significant for all | ici | liebe sucht dich | joy
dimensions: variable
signature and inscriptions: [uninscribed]
current repository: different places Steigerwald (for this project an app [for ios and android] is available)
current repository number:
collecting history:
related works: the first version of the Sanskrit text 'this is perfect. that is perfect. perfect comes from perfect. take perfect from perfect, perfect remains' was destroyed. The remnants were used by herman de vries to make a new work: '... it remains perfect (2006)
comment: [135] ... de vries has created traces of the same kind [as around Digne-les-Bains] in the woods and quarries around Eschenau, thus making an invisible bond between the spirit of his home landscape and that of the other landscape of his heart, in Haute Provence. In the sacred woods, and the ruins, rocks and quarries in either place, the observant walker may chance upon ambulo ergo sum, or the Sanskrit saying that adorns the capping of the circular sanctuarium at Münster. On rock faces in both the Steigerwald and the Réserve Géologique de vries has placed the mysterious
[136] gnomic Latin inscription discovered at various locations across the Roman empire, including Herculaneum and Pompeii, and sometimes referred to as the satorquadrat. It can be read left to right, right to left, top to bottom and bottom to top and may be interpreted to mean (by the implication of its palindromic form) 'what goes round comes round'. de vries's own reading is 'the sower (or originator)/no work/keeps/the work/going round', working from his assumption that the cryptic 'arepo' is merely 'opera' rendered backwards and thus signifies 'no-work' - analogous to the Tao principle of wu-wei (non-action) or the the Zen mushin (no thought).
Elsewhere there may be found the sign for infinity, the ourobouros (the circular symbol of a snake eating its own tail), the Hindu sign for oum, and other characteristic de vries texts and quotations: chance and change; to be to be; veritas existentiae ('the truth of existence' - a quotation from Gassendi); natura numquam errat ('nature never makes a mistake'- a quotation from the Italian philosopher, Giordano Bruno, 1548-1600); ars vivens ('the art of living'); was wieso vonwo wohin ('what why whence whither') in the Steigerwald, and quoi pourquoi d'où vers où in the Réserve Géologique ('what why whence whither').
[source: passage from Mel Gooding, herman de vries : chance and change (Thames and Hudson : London 2006) 135-136].
photo/scan: Lilian Seegers, Amsterdam/Katharina Winterhalter/Bruno Schneyer, Zeil am Main (2005-2012)
rights & reproduction: herman de vries