ATELIER DIETER CÖLLEN
Cork models of ancient architecture and classical ruins
SINCE the beginning of the eighties I have been producing architectural objects in creative cooperation with my clients. In the nineties my interest in discovering new materials and techniques led me to the old and, until then, forgotten art of modeling with cork. Through scientific research, studies of ancient objects and last, but not least, thanks to my experience of architectural modeling I managed to uncover the secrets of phelloplasty (cork modeling) which had been guarded closely by the old masters and to develop its tradition further whilst setting high demands on craftsmanship and artistic skill. To this day several cork models of historic architecture have been created, including works of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian architecture. I have also incorporated the cork ruins of Roman buildings in my creation of models of modern architecture. Cork lends itself to the production of models of architectural objects of many different materials.
JUST like the cork sculptors of the 18th century I too am interested in portraying the present state of historical buildings through cork. Contrary to the old masters I develop my ideas for a cork model not solely through analyzing old engravings or traveling to the object itself. My work is also based on scientific foundations, on the latest discoveries and research by the archaeologists and architectural historians I collaborate with. What I show is therefore a reconstruction or documentation of the respective building. Work on a model might last from a few weeks to several months. As the time needed varies from object to object, a price can only be quoted after a personal consultation. Clients for my models of modern architecture and historical buildings range from architects, homebuilders, museums, collectors, organizations for the protection of historical monuments and anyone who wants to own his favorite piece of architecture.

Collectors of my cork models


MY works are on exhibit in Germany and abroad, they have been featured in newspaper articles and catalogued by art historians. They can be found in the collections of lovers of architectural models and classical art.
The cork models I have created are three-dimensional study objects for connoisseurs of art and architecture, just as they were in the olden times that saw the beginnings of phelloplasty. They enable the daily confrontation with old temple ruins, with pyramids and many other historical buildings of architectural significance all over the world.