Martin Pfeifle (*1975)  onda  2016   wooden slats, laminated wood, lacquer


Material:     wooden slats, laminated wood, lacquer

Dimensions: 1.000 cm x 707 cm, height maximal 100 cm

This project is sponsored and supported by
Kunststiftung NRW, Allbau Stiftung, Vestocor GmbH, Nolte Ingenieur Holzbau GmbH, and Ingenieurbüro Lars Römling

on  22 May 2017 the giant wooden sculpture "onda" was dismantled ... after having been on display at the Moltkeplatz for a year. The artist Martin Pfeifle, and a number of helpers and assistants unscrewed all parts and readied them for the transport 


Taking images for her work towards a Master degree in her "Literature and Practical Media Useage" studies, Svenya of the Universität Duisburg-Essen (see enty dated 16 May 2017 here) witnessed and documented the dismantleing.

The dismantleing of the work also terminated the need for Sir Carlo, the black tomcat, and ruler of the back yards, to most diligently watch over the spare wooden slats stored there for a year.

Following some refurbishment the work has been be re-erected next to the Klostermuseum in Bad Schussenried (county Biberach in Baden-Württemberg); see here , and here (at the new location ... picture sent by Martin Pfeifle); invitation to the opening of the exhibition in Bad Schussenried  here.

on 16 May 2017 Martin Pfeifle´s sculpture "onda", and the other works on the the sculptures´ park were used as the background for interviews and video takes for a film that Svenja and Gaby, students of the Universität Duisburg-Essen, are creating as part of their requirements towards a Master degree in their "Literature and Practical Media Useage" studies.

KaM has been glad to support the effort by providing information and (picture) material.

on 20 May 2017 Martin Pfeifles temporary work "onda", the giant white wave at the sculptures´ park Moltkeplatz, has been seen off. Invitations to the finissage had been forwarded by KaM (here), and had also been carried by NRZ on 20 May 2017, and Südanzeiger on 20 May 2017. 

from left to right: Dr. Marcel Schumacher, Martin Pfeifle                 photos by Erwin Wiemer

Numerous persons interested listened to the explanations given by the curator Dr Marcel Schumacher, toasted the work "onda", and the artist, and had a last chance to enjoy it as a work to gather and come together. The association KaM e.V. extended their thanks to all sponsors and supportes ... most of all to the artist and the curator.

For a smaller group of people, together with the artist, the meeting lasted well into the night.

on 19 May 2017 a publication covering Martin Pfeifle´s "ONDA" has been issued. 

The German language brochure is in A 5 size with 52 pages, comprising a text part provided by the curator Dr. Marcel Schumacher (Aachen-Kornelimünster), and an extensive pictures part. Each page shows two images: one of "onda" at the Moltkeplatz, and another of Martin Pfeifle performing on top of a smaller version of "onda" which was serving as the fair booth of the Galerie Clement at the Cologne art fair COFA Contemporary during 17 thru 20 Nov 2016 (see entry on that date below).


Text                                                                                            Imprint 
click into a picture to display it full size

The publication has been entered into the state "NRW Bibliographie" library catalogue, see
 here. It is available from the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V.; contacts here.

11 May 2017  late at night

10 April 2017  Springtime at the Moltkeplatz

02 Jan 2017 ... first snow in the new year

November 2016 ... Autumn at the Sculptures Park Moltkeplatz

with autumn foliage

during 17 thru 20 Nov 2016 a smaller version of "onda" was on display at the Cologne art fair COFA Contemporary in the Messehallen Köln serving as the fair booth of the Galerie Gisela Clement

Excerpt of a newspaper article on the COFA art fair here.

on 23 Aug 2016
the Essen-based  Thausing Aerial Solutions start-up company took some aerial images and videos of "onda". A selection is shown below, a video is available on youtube  here.

Center: "onda" by Martin Pfeifle; approx 15 meters upwards to the right: "Hannover Tor" by Friedrich Gräsel.

The artist Martin Pfeifle was present while the images were taken. Later he relaxed on his sculpture ... just like lots of other visitors do.

Photos: Thausing Aerial Solutions

Video on youtube  here.

am 09. Juni 2016

on 09 June 2016 an article by Dr. Marcel Schumacher, head of the "Kunsthaus NRW"  in Aachen-Kornelimünster, and curator of this project, in respect of Martin Pfeifle´s temporary work "onda" has been added. For the text (in German) click here.

onon 22 May 2016 the vernissage for "onda" by Martin Pfeifle was held. "onda" is the sixth temporary work within the series Young Art at the Moltkeplatz/junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz. Following the construction of the sculpture at the Moltkeplatz (see below), KaM had invited the public to this event (see here). Numerous persons came to attend: those interested in art, friends of the Moltkeplatz, members of the association KaM e.V., and others. Approx 200 persons came together for the afternoon.

left-hand picture; from right: F.-J. Britz, V. Wagenitz, Martin Pfeifle, Gerd Mahler
                                                      right-hand picture; from right: V. Wagenitz, Martin Pfeifle, H. Goebell, F.-J. Britz

KaM e.V. welcomed the participants, and introduced Mayor Franz-Josef Britz, who conveyed the greetings of the City of Essen, and Prof. Dr. Gerd Mahler (chair of the Essen city Jury on Art in Public Spaces). This was followed by the introduction of the artist and his work, presented by Prof. Dr. Harald Goebell. Prof. Goebell had agreed at short notice to provide this service in lieu of the curator Dr. Marcel Schumacher who was unavailable due to being sick (for the introduction click here).

Despite some light rain showers all participants were able to use the time by the sculptures for discussions and conversations i.a. about the new temporary work "onda". Across the street, the parish hall of the SELK Church had been opened with drinks and snacks available there.

Invitation to the Vernissage:

For a larger display click into the pictures above; for the poster click here.
For the
invitation click here.

The Essen newspapers WAZ/NRZ report on the construction of "onda", and the artist Martin Pfeifle in an article of 18 May 2016 (as a jpg here), and the Südanzeiger with an article of 18 May 2016

since 14 May 2016 the temporary sculpture "onda" is located at the Moltkeplatz ... all white; very prominent; not to be overlooked

Material:     wooden slats, laminated wood, lacquer

Dimensions: 1.000 cm x 707 cm, height maximal 100 cm

This project is sponsored and supported by
Kunststiftung NRW, Allbau Stiftung, Vestocor GmbH, Nolte Ingenieur Holzbau GmbH, and Ingenieurbüro Lars Römling

from 12 May 2016 the temporary work "onda" was erected at the sculpture park


On 12 May 2016 all wooden parts were transported to the Moltkeplatz, the curvy understructure was erected and pegged down, and the wooden slats were secured to the understructure. All parts had previously been cut and shaped and painted twice. In the evening of 14 May the last slats were being fitted, finishing the work to set up this sculpture.

since 23 March 2016

"onda" replaces the preliminary title "Weisse Welle / White Wave" for this project by Martin Pfeifle.

on 05 March 2016

the Essen "Südanzeiger" carried a picture of Martin Pfeifle on its cover titled Pfeifles "Weiße Welle" rollt, and on the inner pages the article "Junge Kunst kommt im Mai" about the artists talk on 27 Feb 2016.

on 27 February 2016

there was an Artists Talk with Martin Pfeifle and Dr Marcel Schumacher in the Parish Hall of the SELK church at the Moltkeplatz in Essen. The association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. plans to continue its series "junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz / Young Art at the Moltkeplatz" with yet another temporary work at the Moltkeplatz - the sixth one. A proposal for a project named "Weisse Welle / White Wave" (preliminary title) by Martin Pfeifle has been selected. This new temporary sculpture is planned to be erected in May 2016.

Dr Marcel Schumacher (formerly curator for Contemporary Art of the Museum Folkwang) is the head of the NRW state institution "Kunsthaus NRW / NRW Art House Kornelimünster" (formerly known as "Kunst aus NRW / Art of NRW"in Aachen-Kornelimünster. He is the curator for the project "Weisse Welle / White Wave", and conducted the artists talk.

During the discussion both the ideas and the previous works of the artist and his plans for the proposed sculpture at the Moltkeplatz were touched upon. A group of about 40 - comprising KaM members, and friends and neighbors of the Moltkeplatz - followed the discussion, and saw pictures of former works of Martin Pfeifle. Towards the end there was ample time for talk. For more information about his works visit Martin Pfeifle´s web site.

impressions of the artists talk in the Parish Hall of the SELK church at the Moltkeplatz

The vernissage for this temporary work is scheduled for Sunday 22 May 2016 at 15:00 h at the sculpures park Moltkeplatz.

For information (in German) about access to the Parish Hall of the SELK church see here. Information on how to get there here. Map on how to find us in Essen here.

on 23 February 2016

the Essen WAZ/NRZ carried a dual article in relation of the plannings for the "Weiße Welle / White Wave", and the re-erecting at the Moltkeplatz of the sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" by Heinz Breloh.

on 17 February 2016

the Essen "Südanzeiger" carried an article titled "Weiße Welle" schwappt auf den Moltkeplatz / "White Wave" to swash over the Moltkeplatz about the proposed project (in German).

Web site of the artist Martin Pfeifle.