Olivier Rijcken

Olivier Rijcken


Rijcken, born 1967 in Aduard (Netherlands), is an illustrator and artist. Through his art, his dolers and the visualisation of change and learning processes, he draws attention to the perspective of a more just and sustainable world.

Since 2011 he has been making dolers: painted on walls, cut into wood, raked on sandy beaches or mown on lawns. He has done this in various locations in Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ethiopia. One of the challenges for him is to use only environmentally friendly materials and interventions.


A brief Summary of Humanity (2021)

For this years edition of the Kunstroute Rijcken made a ‘prehistoric rockpainting´ using paints, charcoal and chalks which might also have been used thousands of years ago. In five pictures Rijcken skips through history. The message which he relates for future generations is not a happy one: “As mankind we don’t seem to understand that we are part of nature, we are supported by nature and depend on nature. If we would really understand this we would not be where we brought the world today”.

Celtic Compass (2021)

The design and building of the Celtic Compass was a joint effort of numerous Kyllburg residents. But it would not have been possible without the commitment of the ancient Celts Heinz Grün and Eugen Hennig, and the enormous lifting power of Jürgen Matthey.

The compass, with its tree trunks of different lengths and set up in a circle, is reminiscent of the Stone Age stone circles, above all the famous Stonehenge in England. Over 70 tree trunks will be built in at the end. Obtaining them was not always easy. The trees had to be laboriously pulled out of the forest with ropes and chains, often from very rough terrain. But thanks to the energetic help of many volunteers, this could be done.

Doler @Kyllburg (2019)

The Doler on the facade of an old warehouse building has a playful effect as a decorative element. The artist Olivier Rijcken calls the labyrinth-like patterns that he creates in different materials and different sizes Doler. The viewer can easily empathize with the carefully yet intuitively crafted, balanced geometric shapes. In combination with the castle backdrop, the decorations easily transport you to the world of Celtic gardens. For Rijcken, however, the Dolers represent so much more: the connectedness of things, finding one’s way in the world and transformation.

This doler can be found on the wall of an old warehouse on Mühlengasse

Movement in Stone (2019)

This meandering wave of stones with found stones from the immediate vicinity was created in cooperation with Benjamin Hirtz. The installation invites you to linger and to decorate it with your own “cairns”.