WADDEN TIDE 2023
THE BEACH BY BLÅVANDSHUK FYR, BLÅVAND, DENMARK
31 AUGUST – 1 OCTOBER 2023
The theme of this year's Wadden Tide is sand. Nine artists explore sand as material, history, and resource in sculptures, installations, and performances created specifically for the exhibition located in a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site.
The exhibition title FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN draws attention to the fact that everything around us is always changing. In three themes, FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN focuses on the importance of sand for us humans – locally for the culture and nature of the Wadden Sea, historically and in the future, and globally as a dwindling natural resource.
Mountains and rocks weather and turn into grains of sand. Wind and ocean currents move the sand across oceans. It is stored in extensive landscapes. Places come into being and disappear again. Four times a day, the tide pulls a billion cubic meters of water through the Wadden Sea, moving mud and sand. Denmark's westernmost point, Blåvandshuk, is a place that is created every day.
© Images by Frida Gregersen
Tue Greenfort puts our body and senses into play in a magnificent and ephemeral scenography on Blåvandshuk Beach, where man's relationship with nature, its scale, and components are the focal point. The monumental installation is created on-site from materials such as sand and seashells from the beach and integrates into the site's natural cycle as part of the local ecosystem.