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Exhibition at the Decrustate Gallery Berlin

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The Ground underneath our Feet turns into Objects of Art

The Decrustate Collective has developed a unique technique to permanently fix and peel original earth surfaces worldwide.


These visual as well as haptic original objects of earth are named Decrustates (de-crust, lat. to peel). Physically, intellectually and spiritually elevated they are brought into new contexts of architecture, environmental and concept art or transdisciplinary art projects.

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What are Decrustates?

They are objects of thin crusts of original earth surfaces detached from their place
of origin worldwide and taken to the realm of art around the globe.
We find ground formations/ information on surfaces of dunes, in riverbeds, at sea shores, on mountains, fields or in cities and industrial sites.

We take surfaces of earth out of their natural context and place these global objects into new contexts: and taken into oil becomes art.
The unmatched aesthetics of elemental creation and the change of perspective from the horizontal to the vertical increase the appreciation and respect of humans towards the foundation of life.
Decrustates touch the senses and sharpen the perception of the relevance of soil and its connection within human cultures.
We place the originality and truthfulness of the Decrustates against today’s virtual products: grains of sand vs. pixels

Decrustation in the Namib Desert:
 19°16'0.32"S 3°19'34.33"E the DECRUSTATE seascape - landscape
19°16’0.32″S 3°19’34.33″E    sea-landscape

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Decrustate ‚A Snake’s Place for the Night‘
in Harrison Ford’s Art Collection

We are proud and very exited about Harrison Ford’s choice: in 20 years of Decrustation we only once came across the spot where a side-winding adder wriggled itself into the sand to spend the night protected from the cold. In the morning it continued its foraging. We followed its tracks and found this:

Decrustate Snake     Great choice, Mr. Ford!

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Harrison Ford being introduced to Decrustates

Largest Decrustate:
Documentation of Decrustate Acre at the Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany

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