Hagebölling Sculpture Garden


Prologue

Skulpturengarten Wilfried Hagebölling

The first view of the garden: mighty oaks surrounded by smaller shrubs and bushes at the end of a path covered in grass and mosses; a distant lake beyond, shimmering blue, grey or silver, depending on the angle of the light; to the fore, a ton-weight steel sculpture with a narrow passage cut diagonally into the wedge-shaped section which tapers towards the viewer.

This first scene is already like a summary of the garden. It appears to be "different" and yet seems to have existed forever. Groups of native trees and bushes can be found alongside magnificent old trees which appear to have stood here since time immemorial and which surround and divide up the extensive terrain. The large sculptures, some of which are walk-in pieces, make the confrontation between art and nature stark and unavoidable. This is also true of this sculpture, the upward diagonal slope of its dark passage seemingly continuing into the trunk of the oak tree and thus drawing the visitor's gaze into the mysterious world of the tree's gnarled spreading crown. And yet the visitor experiences this garden as a wonderful whole: nature and sculptures not only enhance each other powerfully but also enter into a symbiotic relationship, making it a magical place.