• Ansgar Nierhoff: No Easy Game
    "No Easy Game to Play" addresses the conflict between two separated regions
  • Ansgar Nierhoff: No Easy Game
    The gates of the sculpture open in different directions
  • Ansgar Nierhoff: No Easy Game
    Overcoming boundaries was for a long time unthinkable; today it is reality

No Easy Game to Play

2000

Ansgar Nierhoff's steel sculpture "No Easy Game to Play", almost 4 metres in height and weighing 64 t stands in the middle of the wood on the Rothaar ridge as a surprising symbol of the conflict between the territorial, linguistic, cultural, and religious separation of the Sauerland and Wittgenstein regions over the centuries. A solid steel wall is broken into a large central gate, two smaller gates, and two blocks. The observer can see that: all parts match each other, create an Inner and an Outer, and encourage access. The dialogue between the individual forms of the sculpture is multiplied by the dialogue with the space surrounding them - nature. This contrast enables discoveries, comparisons, and recollections, different for each visitor. The location characterised in this way, close to a crossing of routes on old borders, makes ramblers participate in the commonality of the once separate regions, and in the overcoming of boundaries.