Peter Reichenbach

The Social Sculpture 'sevengardens'

Peter Reichenbach developed the project 'sevengardens', based on dyeplant-gardens, as a social sculpture. "The idea is to build a social learning network, where art serves as a solution-oriented educational game, actively addressing relevant topics such as climate change, genetic erosion, etc,” says the artist. The UN decade of 'Education for sustainable development (ESD)', which aims at integrating sustainability worldwide within the education system, plays a central role in the concept of 'sevengardens'. In doing so, Reichenbach's concern is not only about teaching processes, but above all about raising awareness of basic skills - one's own skills and the ones of others. In essence, it's about building knowledge in order to create perspectives and an awareness of sustainability.

The production and subsequent use of natural colors is ideally suited to provide a simple way of using natural resources. Art and creativity have been since the Neolithic period the key for this. To manufacture color within a team using an indigenous method, and thus to think and develop the basis for a transformation of society together for beyond the garden, is Peter Reichenbach's approach.

Crossing borders belongs to the basic principles of 'sevengardens'. These borders are the ones between countries – 'sevengardens' by now has partners all over the world – as well as the imaginary boundaries between teachers and students, different fields, children's art and high culture, and many more. Within a culture of learning together and from each other, art and science come together, and cultural institutions learn from schools, who practice inclusion and heterogeneous aged teaching. Peter Reichenbach presents his artwork with colours made by children, in places of fine arts, where they simultaneously stand alongside the works of established artists.

"With this the Koan of my Zen Master Tong was fulfilled, who once told me that I should start seven gardens." Reichenbach 1996

1939 Zeichen

Peter Reichenbach, born in Essen ind 1962, lives and works in Essen and within the wordwide net of lebt dyeplant-gardens






Dear partners, supporters, friends and lovers,

due to the COVID-19 Virus our little ETF! office in Berlin remains closed and we are working from home.

As many fellow artists, creatives and freelancers this Corona crisis has hit us hard.
We had hoped to send out a newsletter this spring informing you all about our 19th venue in Lisbon, which was supposed to open in Carpintarias São Lázaro on the 19th of June 2020.
Now, with all the cancellations and the shut down of cultural life we hope to postpone and for EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! to still be part of the program of Lisboa Green Capital 2020.
We will keep you posted.

Keep safe.

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We want to thank everyone who helped to make the 18th venue in Erfurt possible!

18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)


Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!

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