German artist Andrea Silbermann created an artwork of natural materials.
The artwork „12 Stones“ is a system of foundlings from Northern Germany, covered by a kind of „skin” made of paper and linseed oil, laid in a grid of 3 x4, which is the grid of the trees of the garden, too. She created her work right in the garden during the days before the opening.
THE NUMBER 12 – The Perfect One
It describes one entire cycle.
Perfection will often be connected with happiness.
The idea of perfection was over and over again linked to the idea of nothing.
The perfect will be thought in Daoism as empty, soft and spontaneous.
In the mathematics it will be called as one of the only two sublime numbers.
(The ancient Greeks classified each natural number as „deficient“, „abundant“, or „perfect“ according to whether it was less than, greater than, or equal to 2. Notice that the number 12 has 6 divisors, and the sum of those divisors is 28. Both 6 and 28 are perfect numbers.)
The foundlings impress the landscape of Northern Germany, they come originally from the Scandinavian countries. They will be collected from the fields every year and real cairns will be built this way over the years. The stones are said to grow in the soil.
The foundlings were often polished to a round form by the ice, which took them from the North.
The paper in combination with the linseed oil will change the materiality of the stones.
They seem to be organic under this skin – as if a new life would evolve from them.
In order to include also imperfection, which is a fundamental part of life, she replaced one of the twelve foundlings by a fire circle made of little stones.
At the artist talk we got the whole philosophy behind the artwork explained by Andrea Silbermann. Ephemerality is also an important approach of her. The skin of the stones became porous in the meantime. For her this is a sign of a natural aging process, which she warmly welcomes.
After the talk she lighted the fire.
At the buffet we could taste a mixture of a stone-soup from Northern Germany and a Hungarian cherry-soup.
Photos: Thomas Dimov