Clouded in Vain

UKR Ruhrding Silbersee2 2021 c Daniel Sadrowski 1014
UKR Ruhrding Silbersee2 2021 c Daniel Sadrowski 2638
UKR Ruhrding Silbersee2 2021 c Daniel Sadrowski 2639
UKR Ruhrding Silbersee2 2021 c Daniel Sadrowski 2632

Since prehistoric times, the artistic shaping of sand has been the oldest form of sculpture. While sand castles are usually built by children playing on the sandy beach, sand sculptures are often detailed representations of real buildings or monumental fantasy structures.

On the beach at the Silbersee the artists Mariechen Danz (*1980) and Kerstin Brätsch (*1979) are creating a sand sculpture that incorporates dinosaurs, fossils and rocks as traces of the climatic conditions in previous ages. Human organs and cell structures are connected in a spiral shape to reflect microcosmic and macrocosmic relationships.

A central issue for both artists, whose double portrait complete with design furniture is also part of the scenery, is that of the traces that humanity is now leaving behind: what will those who come thousands of years after us discover as fossils in the layers of stone that survive from our era?

Not only the choice of imagery places the sculpture in the tradition of archaeological excavation. The craft techniques used to shape the sand are also a reminder of this: The sand is applied in layers in large wooden formworks and compacted. Once the wooden supports are removed, the actual modelling beginsduring which a wide array of tools being used, ranging from saws and shovels to brushes, scalpels and straws.

The sand sculpture is realised by the celebrated sand sculptors Benno Lindel and Martijn Rijerse. At the lake, the work will be exposed to the climate and the weather and will constantly change. Its ephemeral character will not only be representative of the question of the earth’s continued existence against a background of rising sea levels and increasing climate disasters, but will also reflect on durability as one of sculpture’s traditional qualities.


In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, access to the Silbersee II and the Ruhr Ding: Klima artworks located there is not possible at this time. We will inform here as well as on all our communication channels as soon as the situation changes.


At the Silbersee II entrance fees are charged during the bathing season by our cooperation partner, the operating company Silbersee II Haltern am See mbH.


4,00 €

Children under 3 years:


Parking fee:

4,00 €


Currently closed


Silbersee II
Zum Vogelsberg
45721 Haltern am See


From Haltern-Sythen railway station it is about 15 minutes by bike to Silbersee II. By public transport, the lake can be reached by bus 273E. There are two car parks at Silbersee II, from both of which the artworks are within easy walking distance. There is an information point at the car park near Café Treibsand.

Danz Brätsch Künstler*in ©

Mariechen Danz & Kerstin Brätsch

At Silbersee II, the two artists will be implementing their idea of a sand sculpture that merges various motifs.