Felix Kiessling Wolframs Reise, 2013 Left: Wolfram, steel, acrylic glass, 120 x 120 x 20 cm Middle: Der Wurf, inkjet print, 120 x 70 cm Right: Erta Ale, inkjet print, 120 x 120 cm
In December 2012, the artist Felix Kiessling travelled from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to the Erta Ale volcano in the Danakil Desert near the border with Eritrea in order to realise works for the Wolframs Reise (Wolfram's Journey) cycle of works.
Felix Kiessling dumped an object made of wolfram, a metal that only begins to melt at 3400°, into the volcano. Thanks to the high melting point of wolfram, the object now commences with its inexorable journey to the centre of the Earth in the form of a round body.
Erta Ale shows a satellite image of the volcano in the Danakil region with a marking of the place at which Kiessling let the ball of wolfram fall. The second work of the composition, Der Wurf (The Toss), is a photograph showing Kiessling on the Erta Ale volcano at the moment at which he throws the ball of wolfram into the volcano.
In the third part, an object of wolfram, for which the work is named, is presented in a black acrylic glass box.