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flying gardens - fern yard
2012/ 2015 | kinetic installation |with Martin Robitsch
for KAV Vienna / Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt
20 flying ferns filling the yard with movement
floorplan | fern yard on the right
since it is for some people rather difficult to look downwards to see the fern garden - the decision was made to bring the ferns up to the people
the best is to watch the flying ferns in action | play movie by clicking on the image or here
the fern yard seen from the rooftop
the ferns appear like pulled out of the soil
ground level
slowly and in steady motion the ferns fly by the windows
the kinetic installation spans over 6 storeys of the building

In 2012 mischer'traxler studio and Martin Robitsch were approached by the curators of Liquid Frontiers to develop a project for the inner courtyards of a residential care facility for the elderly in Vienna.

The landscape design for the ground-level of the yard was already planned with a fern garden. Due to the immobility of some residents and the fact that the yard is not accessible, the designers decided to bring the elements of the ground floor up to the people.
In steady motion and balanced choreography, twenty ferns slowly pass the windows of the communal rooms and fill the yards with contemplating movement. The ferns arrange automatically in various patterns and formations allowing to see different arrangements throughout the day.

a project by: mischer'traxler studio and Martin Robitsch
curated by: Liquid Frontiers
concept phase: 2012
realisation: 2014/2015
documentation 2016
construction flying gardens: Indat
architects: DMAA architects
client: KAV Vienna / Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt
landscape architecture: Rajek & Barosch
video-documentation: trick-my-film

20 hand made artificial ferns, motors, stainless steel, controling unit, ...

15 meter x 12meter x 20meters (6 storeys)