Over the whole of this collection, Ulrich Rückriem can be understood as the sculptor who made the genesis and visual recapitulation of a work component of his sculpture. In this black granite oiece, the artist shows all the possible technical methods of production - the splitting, cutting and sanding of the stone - whose volume parts he then fuses together to a block from within whose interior the most elementary geometric form is produced by serial partitioning. His work - represented in the Sculpture Park Cologne by another sculpture out of granite - can be seen as a matrix for conceiving of new creative ways and as a leitmotif for inviting young artists and their innovative artistic conceptions.
Black Granite, Sweden, splitted, cut, sanded, 1986
Permanent loan Michael and Eleonore Stoffel Foundation
© Stiftung Skulpturenpark Köln, 2015, Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main