barbara szüts, stele in gutenbrunner park in baden

barbara szüts


stele in gutenbrunner park in baden

The symmetrical form of the perforated steel stele "Modul B 97" is based on a variation of a module taken from the graphic representation of the smallest particle movements. This work that recalls a plant-like form derives its harmony from this specific scale.
The play of light that sometimes surrounds the jagged contours of sculpture makes the piece of cut iron an artwork surrounded by haloes, one that allows a diversity of interpretations. With its sharp prongs, the "Modul" serves as a sign that admonishes us to be careful when we approach it. These hard and sharp “thorns” protect the artwork against vandalism, which other, more fragile sculptures of the artist have already succumbed to. However, they let the “Modul” also be seen as a sign of what protection even the smallest element and the smallest process of nature needs in a time in which we believe we are capable of grasping and controlling its complex relationships.
The reference "Modul B(aden) (19)97" makes to a time which left significant artistic marks on gardens and parks in Baden is evident in a quote from a speech given by Friedrich Wilhelm Schelling in 1807, when parts of today’s park in Baden were laid out. For him, "the perfect forms brought forth by sculpture (...) are the objective primal images of organic nature itself."
(Friedrich Grassegger)