Artist Creates Forest Waves

Extraordinary creations rose up in a forest near Hamburg, Germany.

As concern over a second wave of Covid-19 swept through Germany late last year, photographer and artist Jörg Gläscher decided to channel his own worry into a project that felt similarly vast and domineering. “I was working (with the idea of) the pure power of nature, the all-destroying force, which brings one of the richest countries in the world to a completely still stand,” he told Colossal.


Between November 2020 and March 2021, Gläscher spent his days in a secluded location near Hamburg, where he gathered deadwood and constructed nine massive crests - the largest of which spans four meters high and nine meters wide - that overwhelm the forest floor in undulating layers of branches and twigs. Each iteration, which he photographed and then promptly destroyed in order to reuse the materials, overwhelms the existing landscape.


Gläscher’s installations are part of a larger diaristic project he began at the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, he published a few magazines to present the works that range from photography to sculpture in one place, which you can purchase along with prints in his shop. Find more of his multi-media projects on his website and Instagram.

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