Maruša Sagadin – stairs – stage – stands. The lying imprint.

  • Location

    Göpfritz an der Wild, Austria

  • Client

    Municipality Göpfritz an der Wild and Regional Government of Lower Austria

  • Typology

    • Arts
  • Competition

    2018

  • Planning

    2018 - 2019

  • Execution

    2019

  • Scopes

    • LPH1 Basic analysis construction planning
    • LPH2 Preliminary draft
    • LPH3 Preliminary structural draft
    • LPH4 Submission planning
    • LPH5 Execution planning
    • LPH6 Collaboration in tender procedures
    • LPH7 Support of the construction work
    • LPH8 Collaboration in the local construction supervison
  • Material

    • Concrete
  • Artist

    Maruša Sagadin

The artistic idea for the memorial with which Maruša Sagadin won the invited competition is dedicated to the commemoration of 16 volunteer fire brigades that were disbanded in the course of the municipal departures between 1938 and 1941 in the area of the today’s Allentsteig military training area.

The architectural object encloses the square in front of the Göpfritz fire brigade on two sides of the street, becomes a stand with an additional intermediate step, and can be used by all as social street furniture.

The building material of the sculpture – concrete – is coloured with red and orange pigments (pigment content 6%) and contrasts with the heterogeneous surroundings of the square. On the surfaces of the object pointing to the street, there are imprints of different materials – gravel, wood, hay – which refer to the area of operation of the fire brigade and to nature. Three sculptural objects – boots, fire department helmet and water hose – on the stand refer in abstract form to the fire department.

In its overall appearance, the art object gives the impression of being stacked from prefabricated parts. In fact, however, it is a block in cast-in-place concrete whose formwork has been specially sealed so that the individual colours do not mix undesirably. Only a minimalist triangular strip was inserted so that the edges were clear and straight.