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  • 30 may - september 20, 2020
    exhibition: showing LeveL - the fragile balance of utopia

    What if ...? - a new exhibition presents over thirty artists and designers who investigate the potential of the utopian.

    Neues Museum Nürnberg

  • june 1 - january 3, 2021
    exhibition: showing our the idea of a tree project.

    The exhibition "Time Matters" displays almost 30 objects around the theme of time.

    Cube Museum

  • may 16 - september 20, 2020
    new project ratio on show:

    "MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives", a travelling Exhibition is on show at MAO Ljubljana. Commissioned by MAO and in collaboration with the stonemason Beno Ogrin, we developed a new project called ratio.

    MAO Ljubljana

  • may 09 - may 31, 2020
    new project / exhibition: limited grasses

    "Walden" at Schloss Hollenegg for Design can be viewed digitally online.
    For this exhibition, we extended our realLimited Project about endangered species and developed a new table called

    Schloss Hollenegg for Design

  • february 26 - august 30, 2020
    new project nocturnal cloud is exhibited

    in the exhibition "Extraordinary" at the Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland. The piece nocturnal cloud including moth and illuminated fireflies was commissioned by the museum and will stay in their permanent glass collection.

    Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains

  • march 13 - february 21, 2021
    exhibition showing colourful kinaesthesia and the idea of a tree

    "Kleureyck -Van Eyck’s Colours in Design" at the Design Museum Gent one the idea of a tree bench and our contribution "colourful kinaesthesia" – highlighting the results of a wonderful Boisbuchet workshop from last summer are on show.

    design museum Gent

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