RETROGRADE UMGESTALTUNG
(RETROGRADE TRANSFIGURATION)
2005, wood, steel, screws, bitumen

This sculpture was manufactured within the course of a competition "sculptures on a cycle track – art in the scenery". Daniel Beerstecher asked to cut a 175-year-old and approx. 35 m high oak in the immediate vicinity of the cycle track. The tree was sawn into single boards to be raised again in a second step as an abstract tree sculpture. Finding a distinct form for this sculpture he was directed partly by the norms and regulations for sculptures in the public space: a sculpture with a height of more than 6 m needs a special static certificate which he couldn't finance with his budget. Eventually an only 5.80 m high tree sculpture which, without its branches, resembles an old dead tree remained.