The "sea" of the Eifel

Uwe Buss from Cologne presents works of art assembled from fossils.

Uwe Buss, who comes from Northern Germany, can no longer imagine a life without sea and water. He was born in Bremerhaven and is a carpenter by trade. He went to sea for a few years before booking a holiday on the Moselle in 1966. Where he met the love of his life - which he later married. His new home was Cologne, where he quickly found a job as a carpenter. But his passion, his "great" devotion, remained the sea. So he began to deal with prehistoric seas and found the Eifelmeer. In this long run dry sea he started looking for traces of the past. In wind and weather he went outside and collected, between Schleiden and the Moselle, corals and sea lilies - petrified creatures of the primeval sea. He studied books on the subject in order to be able to classify his finds. Through reading he became an expert for the more than 350 million old fossil world of the Eifel. The man from Cologne invested every free minute in the "hunting" and "fishing" of creatures that have been extinct for thousands of years. Over the years, his collection grew so large that he did not really know what to do next. As a carpenter familiar with the material wood, he tried to add this current element of the Eifel in connection with these treasures of the primeval sea. So he created works of art like: "The blue sea", "Waves of the primeval sea" or "Sea lilies in the ocean current" - fascinatingly managing to merge the past with the present.

Sun and slipper corals, brachiopods and shells gather together with snails at the Eifel beach. Works of art that not only impress visitors, but also illustrate the power of nature. The beautiful hiking area of the Eifel is constantly bubbling over, the maars point to the primal forces of the past. Whether the waves of the primeval sea come back again we do not know.

But Uwe Buss is sure, "The Eifel Sea lives! - And this life takes place in his works of art.

The works of art are for sale.