Oliver Wiegner is a photographer from Bielefeld, Germany born in 1993. Currently, he is studying Photography & Media at the FH Bielefeld Faculty of Art and Design. Today we take a look at Oliver’s series which focuses on how war can impact the environment, more specifically De Zeetoren in Hoek van Holland. Oliver titled the series, The Withering Signal.
The Withering Signal
De Zeetoren in Hoek van Holland were built during World War II as part of the Atlantic Wall. The Atlantic Wall used to span all the way from the coasts at the border between France and Spain to Norway with a total length of 2685km. De Zeetoren were used as a radar station to localise bomber wings and was classified as a “Festung”, which was the highest rank an area was able to achieve.
This photographic work focuses on how nature reclaims such a memory ridden place, which was entirely created for the sake of war and transforms it into something hauntingly beautiful. The bunkers and remains of the war are being swallowed by trees and bushes and if the facility would not be used as a museum today, it would just fade away in time.
To view more of Oliver’s work please visit his website.
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lives in Portland,Oregon. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979. Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: NEA Survey Grant, Ford Foundation Grants, and a MacDowell Residency. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson–Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.