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Contemporary Sculpture for KZ Gusen
The KZ Gusen Memorial
It was designed in the early 60-ties by 3 leading Italian architects from
Milano, Italy on private initiative. Today it is the the most important Memorial Building
on the territory of the Republic of Austria. With 3 May 1997 ownership was
officially transferred from Comite International du Souvenier du Camp de Gusen
to the Republic of Austria.
Ingrid Steininger, Langenstein
In 1995 this local artist living in the Wienergraben-Valley (where
the first KZ Mauthausen-Gusen Stone-Quarries were operated) at Langenstein
designed the sculptures for the Local-International Commemorational Service
of 7 May 1995 at the Parish-Church of St. Georgen/Gusen.
Ingrid Steiniger used scrapped iron and concrete (from the
removal of the KZ Gusen Bergkristall Underground Railway Station)
for the creation of a special commemorative-altar.
Furthermore, she created a cross made up of original rails from
the KZ Gusen Camps.
Several pieces left by the dismantling of the "Bergkristall"
Underground Installation were also brought to this altar by representatives
of the local population.
The artwork is possessed by the Parish of St.Georgen/Gusen that uses it
for commemorational services from time to time.
Meisterklasse Prof. Hrdlicka
(Academy of Applied Arts, Vienna)
Since 1994 young students from all over Europe are working on concepts
for a future Commemoration-Path between the KZ Gusen II
(Bergkristall) Tunnels at St.Georgen and the KZ Gusen Memorial at Gusen.
This KZ Gusen Commemoration-Path Project was initiated by the
local Community of St.Georgen/Gusen and is supervised by Wolfgang Bandion
of the Austrian Mauthausen Society.
First theoretical concepts were presented to the Community of St.Georgen/Gusen
in the presence of KZ Gusen Survivors on 5 May 1996.
One further discussion among KZ Mauthausen-Gusen Survivors was held at the
official meeting of the International Mauthausen Comittee at Bratislava, Slovakia
in September 1996, where the Comittee decided to support that project.
One further presentation of detailled concepts took place on 5 May 1997
at the Municipality of St.Georgen/Gusen for the local population and
on 7 May 1997 for the members of the International Mauthausen Comittee
at the KZ Mauthausen Memorial Museum.
The next steps shall be to prepare a catalog to support fund-raising.
The different concepts shall be carried out independently within the next years.
If you are interested in funding/supporting some of this concepts,
please donīt hesitate to contact "Marktgemeinde St.Georgen/Gusen"
(the Municipality) via our email-address.
- Academy of Applied Arts Vienna, Meisterklasse fuer Bildhauerei
(former Meisterklasse Prof. Hrdlicka)
- Marktgemeindeamt St. Georgen/Gusen (Municipality)
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