TICKON-Tranekaer International Centre for Art and Nature
Tranekaer Castle Park, Tranekaer, Langeland, Denmark
Contact: Alfio Bonanno
Ostergade 10, DK-5900 Rudkobing, Denmark
Tel: +45 62 51 35 05
Fax: +45 62 51 43 35
TICKON is a non-profit foundation that commissions site-specific
environmental sculptures, and is now working for the realization of a
TICKON-Center for art, nature, and science. Tranekaer Castle and its village
are the natural focal point for Langeland, the slender and beautiful Danish
island. And in the varied landscape lies the 60 acres castle park as the
culmination of everything the island has to offer. The old and distinctive
trees, lawns, meadow, and lake reside in the midst of fertile plough land.
In former times the counts of Tranekaer created interaction between the
man-made and the organic by planting and shaping the landscape.
Today the owner has passed the initiative on to a small
group of people who are deeply engaged in art and nature. This has resulted
in the establishment of Tranekaer International Art and Nature center
It is not an institution in the usual sense, but a project that with support
from foundations invites artists to work at Langeland. With a common passion
for regarding nature as the animating force as their starting point, these
artists have integrated their work with the surroundings. For some, the
interposition is so conceptual that only a photograph bears witness to
it; others work in wood; some build with natural materials that will grow
or pass away, and still others use bones, stone, words, or the whispering
of wind. Land Art, or natural art, has changed since the concept was formed
in the early 1960s. For many the diologue with nature's eternal cycle
is of greater importance than subjective gains The artists from near and
far who have worked with TICKON have demonstrated by their residence and
daily work in the park that a world-embracing solidarity exists where
nature is concerned. They observe, listen, experience, and pass their
perception on to us.
Among others, Andy Goldsworthy, Alan Sonfist, David Nash,
Herman de Vries, Nils-Udo, Hermann Prigann, Marc Barbarit & Gilles
Bruni, Guiliano Mauri, and Patrick Dougherty are represented at TICKON.
Open every day sunrise to sunset.
Directions: call +45 62 51 35 05
No guided tours.
Illustrated folder with map of the TIKON park available.
Hotel, Restaurants, summer-café, and restrooms.