BUNTSOCKENPARK, THALHEIM, ERZGEBIRGE, GERMANY
PERMANENT INSTALLATION SINCE 2022
Along the so-called Purple Path in Buntsockenpark for this year’s Begehungen festival in Thalheim, is Friedrich Kunath’s INCLUDE ME OUT. The sculpture, one of over seventy works along the walking route, is a group of six bronzed spruce trees whose hanging branches are holding hands with one another, forming a circle. On the periphery, a seventh bronzed tree, appears to have been left out of this arboreal communion – there is an outside even in the outdoors.
Kunath hails from the region, and after working and living for years in Los Angeles, the pull of German Romantic landscape traditions remained a strong one, posing as playful backdrops in many of his works. INLCUDE ME OUT is installed at a unique point in front of a villa, offering the kind of vista over the rolling hills and nearby mountains that Kunath has routinely featured in his paintings.
© All images Ernesto Uhlmann
The installations will remain on view until 2025, at which time nearby Chemnitz will be seated as the Capital of European Culture. On 13 August 2022, the works will be inaugurated for the festival and the artist will be present.