Probably the best known works by Wilhelm Mundt (b. 1959) are his Trashstones. Each work in this group of works, begun in 1989, in which he wraps production waste in a shell of colorful synthetic resin, has from the beginning been consistently assigned a sequential, three-digit number. Thus every Trashstone is embedded in a continuous series, recalling serial manufacturing processes. This group, which now includes more than five hundred works, testifies to the artist’s continual search for forms and colors, which makes each stone a unique piece.
As diverse as their outward appearance may be, the interior can only be guessed at and remains hidden. In a new group of works alongside the Trashstones, Wilhelm Mundt takes up this aspect by making works from waste glass in Murano that reveal a colorful glass core within a solid glass shell. These transparent stones offer a look inside, even though the core evades any ultimate determination of form as a result of optical refractions of light.
Currently, works by Wilhelm Mundt are on view at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, and at the Kunstverein Ulm. Beginning in November, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel will be showing new Trashstones in the exhibition From Trash to Treasure.
In 2007 Wilhelm Mundt’s oeuvre was awarded the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture by the Royal Academy in London.