• Alan Sonfist: The Monument of the Lost Falcon
    Alan Sonfist had local tree species planted between raised earthen walls
  • Alan Sonfist: The Monument of the Lost Falcon
    The Falcon can be recognised as such only from the air
  • Alan Sonfist: The Monument of the Lost Falcon
    The suppression of nature by man is the subject of this work

The Monument of the Lost Falcon

2005

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.

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