Reinhard Reitzenstein - new orchard

Reinhard Reitzenstein


La Plage, Knight’s Cove


Two Whales Coffee Shop, Port Rexton
BORN Uelzen, Germany   LIVES Grimsby, ON

Reitzenstein’s work has consistently explored ways to interconnect nature, culture, science and technology, and crosses several disciplines: indoor installation and sculpture, photography, large-scale drawings, outdoor tree-based installations and sound art. For this site-specific project, Reitzenstein installs inverted tree trunks to form a semi-circle along the crest of the curving barachois, a geological feature of coves and sheltered areas along coastal regions of Newfoundland. Barachois are used as causeways separating the fresh water pond from the sea; some house fishery buildings.  When not maintained these structures crumble and are absorbed back into nature. Among associations such as the dwindling tradition of wooden boat building, the inverted trees reference these disappearing lifestyles.

Reitzenstein has held over 100 solo exhibitions and participated in some 300 group exhibitions in North America and abroad. He has completed over twenty public art commissions and his work is represented in over 50 public and corporate collections internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, AGO, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, Teutloff Collection in Germany, City of Pirkkala in Finland, City of Toronto Parks, and the National Capital Commission.

Ned Pratt