In the middle of wide-open skies and yellow rapeseed oil fields, there is a micro forest near the Ruppiner Lake in Karwe, Germany. In the center of this forest is the home, atelier and gallery of Matthias Zágon Hohl-Stein.

Matthias has been prolific since the 1970’s, starting in the world of advertising followed by solo and group exhibitions of his fine art work. By 1992, he migrated his studio from Berlin to Karwe. The atelier compound is called, “Old Sheep” and is strewn with large and small sculptures everywhere. Some blend in with the environment while others contrast. A little taste of Alice in Wonderland.

In 2009, Atelier Lichtenberg (originally built in 1831) was acquired as a dedicated painting space.

And yes, the sheeps are real.