Roger Rigorth (1965) /Altheim (DE)

About Roger Rigorth

German artist Roger Rigorth mainly uses natural basic materials such as fibres, stone and timber. He incorporates these materials into art works which seem to form a natural part of the countryside and nature. Most of these materials come from the art work’s surroundings, and the techniques he uses resemble centuries-old crafts such as weaving or plaiting. This makes his art works look like historical artefacts or tools from a distant past, although their exact purpose is never really clear. Roger’s work is full of this type of strange historical and cultural ambiguities. He tries to interlace time and place in his art works and make us think about the relationship between our natural surroundings and the way in which we use them (culture). Many of his projects are carried out in close cooperation with the local community. He creates sculptures and units in the public space as well as land art projects.

Roger’s work has been exhibited in various countries including the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney (Australia), ‘Sous la ligne bleue’ in Belfort (France), at Museum Maritimo, Lucanco/Asturias (Spain), at BIK Gallery 149, Bremerhaven, Museum of Modern Art, Gelsenkirchen (Germany), at Gallery Artcore, Los Angeles (USA) and at the Internation Invitation Exhibition, Geumgang Nature Art, Gonju (South Korea).

About the art work

Water Horizont
In the trees along Oude Zeedijk at the Dijksterpad crossroads at Pieterburen

A series of three nest-like structures have been erected in and around the trees behind the dike. They are made out of timber and coir rope and executed using a traditional 17th/18th-century weaving technique. Their shape resembles floating fishing equipment. Roger put them in the trees behind the dike to suggest possible debris from the 1717 Christmas Flood. It looks as if they got caught in the trees during the 1717 Christmas Flood and stayed there after the water had subsided. The artist placed them at the same height as the water during the Christmas Flood, which makes them form an imaginary ‘water horizon’. This really brings it home to us that the volume of water that inundated the land at that time must have been absolutely immense.

About the location

With the construction of the current sea dike (waker), the barrier function of the old sea dike (sleeper) was lost. On clear days you can see the islands of Schiermonnikoog, Rottumerplaat and Rottumeroog. Also take note of the small houses along the dike. In here, the beams were stored with which the coupure (dike passage) could be closed at high water or floods.

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