MUSEUMSLANDSCHAFT HESSEN KASSEL
The shell sculptures are covered with a deep-green layer of moss that fills the grotto conches in Wilhelmsthal Castle Park.
Stemming from the original construction period, the theme of shells is picked up on and given a new role: instead of acting as a decorative background, ornamentation or a building material for sculptures, as would have been the case in the Roccoco period, the shell becomes a protagonist itself.
IN MEMORIAM MOLLUSCA also transfers shells to the present day on another level: by choosing three endangered shell types, the artwork attracts attention to the rapid worldwide decline of shells as a result of climate change and marine pollution.
The forest scent and the gradual changes in the moss growth make the artwork a sensory experience and invite people to visit it more than once.