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The Monument of the Lost Falcon
Only from a bird's eye view is it possible to fully comprehend the 44 x 28 m "Monument of the Lost Falcon". The New York artist Alan Sonfist has modelled the silhouette of a hovering falcon using earth walls in a clearing in the Wittgenstein forest. The earth walls suggest the defensive mounds of the Celtic fortifications in the immediate surroundings, and were planted with tree species which used to dominate the woods in the region, but which have been supplanted through man's activities. Sonfist uses the fencing which follows the silhouette in order to protect his work symbolically from man and beast, who have often irretrievably caused the primitiveness of nature to be lost for ever, either from human intervention or from grazing.