23 July 2018

Erwin Wurm's Fat House in Vienna

11 December 17 | RE+D Magazine
Erwin Wurm's Fat House in Vienna


Erwin Wurm's Fat House in Vienna
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Erwin Wurm
An "obese house" by Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm has been installed on the lawn outside an 18th-century palace in Vienna.


Wurm first created the Fat House in 2003, as a commentary on middle-class consumer culture. It is now on show outside the Upper Belvedere, one of Vienna's most important examples of baroque architecture.

The seven-metre-high sculpture is similar in form to a conventional suburban house, with a pitched tile-clad roof, a central door and windows either side. But its walls appear to have swollen out, so they look more like fatty flesh than an architectural structure.  

These bulging surfaces were created using polystyrene, which wraps a metal framework.

Wurm, 63, is one of Austria's best-known contemporary artists. Best known for works like his One Minute Sculptures, which featured in a Red Hot Chili Pepers music video he was this year selected as one of the curators of Austria's national pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale.

Source: dezeen


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