Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fat House

Fat House by Erwin Wurm, Upper Belvedere, Vienna
“Fat House” by Erwin Wurm, 2003
Upper Belvedere
Vienna, September 2017

“An ‘obese house’ by Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm has been installed on the lawn outside an 18th-century palace in Vienna. Wurm first created the Fat House in 2003, as a commentary on middle-class consumer culture. It is now on show outside the Upper Belvedere, one of Vienna's most important examples of baroque architecture. The seven-metre-high sculpture is similar in form to a conventional suburban house, with a pitched tile-clad roof, a central door and windows either side. But its walls appear to have swollen out, so they look more like fatty flesh than an architectural structure. These bulging surfaces were created using polystyrene, which wraps a metal framework. Wurm, 63, is one of Austria's best-known contemporary artists. Best known for works like his One Minute Sculptures, which featured in a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video, he was this year selected as one of the curators of Austria's national pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale.” (Erwin Wurm's Fat House installed outside baroque palace in Vienna, Dezeen)

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