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  • 19.Apr - 25.May 2018
    solo exhibition at Victor Hunt Gallery

    our solo exhibition: mischer'traxler studio in three chapters at Victor Hunt Gallery in Brussels

    Victor Hunt Designartdealer website

  • 2018
    aquisition: the idea of a tree

    we are very happy that the Museum of applied arts (MAK)Vienna acquired our 'the idea of a tree' machine and bench for their permanent collection.

    MAK Vienna

  • 30.May - 09.June 2018
    LeveL at Futurium Berlin

    our installation 'LeveL' - the fragile balance of utopia - can be seen at the Futurium Berlin

    FUTURIUM Berlin

  • 28.March - 05.Oct. 2018
    new project for "to GO"- exhibition

    we developed the matzah baking kit for the exhibition "to go - new designs for Jewish Ritual Objects" at the Israel museum, Jerusalem.

    the Israel museum - exhibition information

  • 05. June 2018
    talk

    Gallery Talk at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Thomas will be in dialogue with curator Sharon Weiser-Ferguson and designer Sebastian Bergne. Tuesday, 05 Jun, 18:00

    the Israel museum - talk information

flying gardens

elevating natural elements from the ground floor
up to the living areas of the elderly residents

  • year 2012 / 2015

  • category Kinetic / Interactive Installations

  • in collaboration with

    Martin Robitsch

  • for

    KAV Vienna / Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt

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 yards were already planned with a water pond and 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 water sieves or twenty ferns slowly pass the windows of the communal rooms and fill the yards with contemplating movement. While the the ferns arrange automatically in various patterns and formations allowing to see different arrangements throughout the day the sieves fill with water at their lowest point. Once they are pulled up again, the water trickles down again, filling the yard with small water-drops.

documentation of the water yard, capturing the sieves moving slowly in a choreography

visualisation of the fern yard explaining the concept of bringing the elements of the ground floor
up to the elderly people who would not have access otherwise

flying ferns in choreography

fern yard, ground floor

flying gardens, 2015 / permanent kinetic installation in an old-people's residence

detail of the trickling water

water yard choreography from above

flying gardens, 2015

  • material

    fern yard:

    20 hand-made artificial ferns, motors, stainless steel, controlling unit

     

    water yard:

    20 anodized aluminium sieves, motors, stainless steel, controlling unit

  • dimensions

    fern yard:

    15 x 12 x 20 meters (6 stories high)

     

    water yard:

    15 x 12 x 24 meters (7 stories high)

  • curated by

  • a project by

    mischer’traxler studio and Martin Robitsch

  • concept phase

    2012

  • realisation

    2014/2015

  • documentation

    2016

  • construction flying gardens

  • archtitects

  • client

    KAV Vienna / Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt

  • landscape architecture

    Rajek & Barosch

  • video documentation