Daniel Roth

Drafts of functional unit

Daniel Roth, Skulptur für eine versiegelte Landschaft, 2009.

Daniel Roth, Skulptur für eine versiegelte Landschaft1, 2009.


Daniel Roth, Ofen, 2009.


Roth designed a functional unit for ECHTWALD that is simultaneously a museum, a cabin, and a monument to a possible history of modern architecture. Sculpture for a Sealed Landscape 1 takes up existing, traditional, generic architecture – a hut you might find in a forest – and charges it symbolically and literally with fragments of twentieth-century concrete buildings.

Daniel Roth´s Ofen (2009) is available from the ECHTWALD Shop:
Edition Daniel Roth: Ofen, 2009

About the artist

Born in 1969 in Scharnberg, lives and works in Basel

Daniel Roth creates sprawling installations in which he tells multi-layered stories that deal with the complex relationships between man and nature in literature and the sciences. His sculptures, drawings, photographs, and films reflect and fictionalize specific places and themes, such as forests or travel. In his works, Roth often uses natural materials which he subjects to elaborate transformations. For example, he removed individual scales of bark from a tree trunk and stuck them together to form a cloak. For another work, he transformed animal skins into amorphous wall objects. One recurring theme is that of hidden things as mental spaces as well as subterranean architecture. The underground rivers of London served as the point of departure for his narrative systems of reference, as did the construction of Amsterdam – which was built using fir wood from the Black Forest, the artist’s native region.