The Caves and Karst Art Contest by the European Speleological Federation FSE; winners announced on the 4th June 2022

Mertsch, Sibylle


1959 born
1978 -1982 Studies in teaching fine arts
1982 – 2022 Fine arts teacher at high school
1993 – 2012 Part-time artistic work painting and photography
since 2009 Active caving
Further hobbies: travelling, hiking

Fox on the run

Computer graphics/Paint/Windows, 50 x 25 cm, 2015

Since 2014 I have been fascinated by researching, measuring and documenting the
currently third longest cave in Germany, “Fuchslabyrinth” (the fox labyrinth) in
Schmalfelden/Schrozberg in Baden-Württemberg.
The more than 14 km long cave is located in the Upper Muschelkalk and has two floors, a dry part and a deeper water passage. The loam-filled corridors are poor in sinter formations but relatively rich in bone fragments of Nothosaurus in the walls.
The humorous shown fox symbolizes the predominant excavation height including tools…