Ella Littwitz

The Promise, 2019



Hollow Heart

Bronze, 51.5x32.30 cm

Photos: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Gunnar Meier


For her examination of the duality of places of longing, the artist also finds quieter tones, such as the sculpture The Promise (2019) newly produced for the exhibition. The bronze casting is based on a 3D scan of a tree stump, which is the remains of a tree planted by Theodor Herzl in Arza, Palestine, in 1898. The spiritual father of the state of Israel and the main founder of political Zionism planted the tree as a sign for the Jewish settlers, but this did not last long: in 1915 the tree was burned down. Since then, the stump – protected by an iron cage – has attained the status of a monument, but hardly anyone knows of its existence. With The Promise, the artist not only raises questions about the effects of Herzl's nationalist gesture and the possible meaning of this monument, but also critically examines the appropriation of territory - in this case by using plants to manipulate the landscape - which only appears superficially natural.



Maren Brauner