in the Habichtswald, near to the Blue Lake
The Artist Necropolis is in the Habichtswald at the edge of Kassel, near to Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park. Around the Blue Lake, in a disused quarry, artists of "documenta standing" erect their own grave stones in their lifetimes and will also be buried there.
A total of 40 tombs are planned. The condition is that the forest of the landscape conservation area is not disturbed and that the grave stones themselves are left there. Harry Kramer saw the Necropolis Project as a new form for art in a public area and not an elite cemetery. He himself dispensed with a grave stone in the necropolis and was buried there anonymously in 1997. The necropolis is funded by a foundation that comes from the private fortune of Harry Kramer.
The foundation is sponsored by the city of Kassel. A foundation board gives advice on artists who are invited to erect their grave stone in the necropolis.