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Art in the Abbey Park

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“Gently staged presentations, integrated into the historic abbey park, bespeak the unifying harmony between Nature and art.” Father Martin Rotheneder

Since the opening of the abbey park in the year 2000 it has also been a setting for installations and sculptures by contemporary artists.

Gor Chahal

The installation’s title “Beyond the Horizon” refers to linear perspective in painting – perfected in the Renaissance – which makes the spatial relation between objects in the physically tangible world visible with the help of descriptive geometry.

Laurus Edelbacher

"The Father, the Son and the Female Spirit”, a sculpture made of marble from the Wachau

sponsored by Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein

This sculpture from 2014 is a commissioned work created by the young artist Laurus Edelbacher. Its subject was to be symmetry as well as the number three. The sculpture’s name is “The Father, the Son and the Female Spirit”, because in contrast to European culture the Hebrew word for spirit is female. The spirit is the life-giving, the life-nurturing element. And since it is the woman who brings new life into the world, the spirit is female. No life without spirit.

Miguel Horn

Iron sculptures created by Miguel Horn can be found along the paths on the second level of the abbey gardens. His “fire demons” are situated at the fire pit. The sculptures have remained in the park after the special exhibition “Fantasies in Iron” on the abbey grounds in 2002.

Ingrid Kralovec

“The Ravens” by Ingrid Kralovec line the eastern beechwood hedges on the lower level of the abbey gardens. When reading the former abbot Burkhard Ellegast’s book “Der Weg des Raben” (“The Way of the Raven”) she had the idea to create a larger series of raven sculptures.

Christian Philipp Müller

The “New World” by Christian Philipp Müller, an object artist from Switzerland, was created on the occasion of the commemorative Mozart year in 2006 in cooperation with Art in Public Space in Lower Austria. The idea behind this work was to let plants grow here which, in the time of Mozart, had just recently come to us from America, while his music was reaching America: corn, tomatoes, tobacco, sunflowers, potatoes etc….

sponsored by EVN

Josef Friedrich Sochurek

"Pleiades" – the seven wooden crosses