OD 1152 is the name of a tree in a forest outside the small town of Michelstadt in the Odenwald region of Germany. The forest is now a cemetery called Friedwald, a place where peoples’ remains are interred in biodegradable urns beneath their chosen tree. In 2007, Ricardo Mazal traveled to the Odenwald region where he became fascinated with the concept of these burials and then conceived the Odenwald 1152 project. Intrigued by the project, the people of Michelstadt dedicated OD 1152, to Mazal.
With Odenwald 1152, Mazal continues to expand his exploration of the grand themes of life and death, transformation and regeneration, which he began in his acclaimed series of paintings, photographs and installation, La Tumba de la Reina Roja: From Reality to Abstraction.
Merging contemporary digital technology with the visceral skills of a painter, Mazal has recreated the Friedwald in a deeply compelling manner that inspires us to reflect on the meaning of these extraordinary burials.
Contributors: Lilly Wei and Peter Frank
Size: 12 x 10.5 in.
Plates: 53 color plates