Martin Honert

River Landscape

2006
"River Landscape" "a highly realistic but fictional scene" is based on the artist’s recollections of the banks of the Rhine River where he grew up, combined with photographs from his youth. The Rhine marks the Northwestern border of Ruhr, the former industrial heartland of Germany. "River Landscape" is constructed from off-the-shelf materials found in electric model-railway kits, including grass, trees, and trains. A “forced” perspective is created through the larger and smaller trains that appear intermittently, meant to represent a single train voyaging through the lush countryside. In this way, the artist invites the viewer to take his or her time and slow down to the pace that the sculpture has set.
Title
River Landscape
Date
2006
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
mixed media installation
Dimensions
700 x 270 x 270 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Purchased 2008
Accession number
42223