Rainer Gross, who was born in Berlin and now lives in Belgium, began his artwork as a sculptor in stone, before devoting himself to wood from the middle of the 1990s. Since 2005, when he stopped a parallel career as an independent technical journalist, he has been concentrating increasingly on site-specific sculptural installations made of long and thin slats of blackened wood. By assembling hundreds or thousands of them with screws he creates very large and far-reaching constructions which are always in close dialogue with their surrounding (in nature or architecture).
Rainer Gross produces installations with (mostly) fluid shapes, which are sometimes graphic and sometimes organic. Recurrent themes are the relentless passage of time, a reference to cyclicality and to reality as being "fluid", a harmonious balance of opposites and a contemplation of the position of man within nature. His constructions are both, light and imposing, aerial and rooted. They provide an immediate visual, spatial and tactile experience and invite the spectator to have a new perception of their environment, of space, of scales and volumes. Over the years, Rainer Gross has created many in situ installations in very different locations, ranging from dilapidated to prestigious historic buildings and from palace gardens to virgin forests and open landscapes (18 major projects in France alone).
Currently until the end of Spring 2015 his installation “The Line” can be seen in Malga Costa, a rural building at the end of the ArteNatura route of Arte Sella, which in the past was used by shepherds to breed cattle and make cheese and butter during spring and summertime. A second installation (“The Square”) was created for the external exhibition area of Malga Costa inside a trench of World War I.