The Daetz Centrum – the only centre for international wood sculpture in the world
Since the 20th of June 2001, visitors from all over the world have been fascinated and inspired by the art of creating masterpieces from wood.
In a permanent exhibition, visitors make a fascinating journey around the world in an unexpected way. Stories, legends and myths of the peoples from all over the world allow the travellers to immerse themselves in a wide range of cultures. Wood sculptors from 35 countries captured them in over 550 unique works, which can only be seen in the Daetz Centrum in the German town of Lichtenstein/Saxony.
Their stories are told in an easy-to-understand and entertaining way via electronic guide system which allows the listener to choose his or her own way individually. In a special version for children, all information is particularly adapted for children and presented using appropriate language. At various points, films present visitors with impressions of rites and traditions and of the way in which the wood sculptors work. Unobtrusive music typical of the country in question and the fragrance of exotic wood are the elements which complete the experience for all senses.
Many visitors describe the end of a visit to the exhibition as being like surfacing from another world, which often is a subject of conversation for families for a long time afterwards, induces wanderlust and encourages visitors to return.
The exhibition in the Daetz Centrum, which is located in the princely Lichtenstein palace, is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. The café is an inviting place to take a break and have a bite to eat or a drink. Wood sculptures can be purchased or ordered in the gallery.
A walk through the English and French palace gardens is always a pleasure, whatever the weather.
The Daetz Centrum takes its name from its initiator, Mr. Peter Daetz and his wife Marlene. In 1996, he found the right partners for his idea of establishing a project to promote the local economy in the form of an international centre for wood sculpture. Those partners were the Chemnitzer Land district and the town of Lichtenstein, who provided the grounds and secured financing for the construction measures. Mr. Peter Daetz and his wife started acquiring the first exhibits in 1996 and have expanded the collection to over 700 exhibits by now.
The exhibits are integrated in the permanent exhibition in the Daetz Centrum. Special exhibitions complement the permanent exhibition. Visitors can also look over the shoulders of the wood sculptors during public symposia and see how ideas are brought to life and the works are created.
This is the castle overlooking the town of Lichtenstein, Germany as seen from the main entrance. The ...
This is part of the long staircase leading from the town below to Schloss Lichtenstein in Germany. Ac...
Apart from the tall staircase on the eastern side, a western path leads up to Schloss Lichtenstein. A...
Germany? Before the beginning there was Ginnungagap, an empty space of nothingness, filled with pure creative power. (Sort of like the inside of my head.)
And it ends with Ragnarok, the twilight of the Gods. In between is much fighting, betrayal and romance. Just as a good Godly story should be.
Heroes have their own graveyard called Valhalla. Unfortunately we cannot show you a panorama of it at this time, nor of the lovely Valkyries who are its escort service.
Hail Odin, wandering God wielding wisdom and wand! Hail Freya, hail Tyr, hail Thor!
But it is to the mighty Thor that the Hammering Man gives service.
Between the time of the Nordic old ones and that of modern Frankfort there may have been a T.Rex or two on the scene. At least some mastodons for sure came through for lunch, then fell into tar pits to become fossils for us to find.
And there we must leave you, O my most pure and holy children.
Text by Steve Smith.