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Alban Berg Sculpture 

Vienna State opera, with one of the largest repertoires and considered as most distinguished opera houses in the world will soon unveil a sculpture dedicated to the composers of viennese school – Alban Berg and his campaigners, such as his teacher Arnold Schönberg, his colleague and friend Anton Webern and also the composer and court opera principal Gustav Mahler, who created the basis of Viennese school of new music with Alan Berg’s compositional work.

The piece will be built by Alban Berg Foundation. The construction is scheduled to begin in February 2016 & to be completed in following three months.

Wolf D.Prix with the model of the sculpture.

Courtesy of Wolf D. Prix

Architecture becomes art when the idea of a building touches a meta-level.” – Wolf D.Prix.

Wolf D. Prix and Sophie C.Grell of Coophimmelb(l)au have designed the sculpture for one of the most prominent sites in Vienna. The sculpture has said to be inspired by musical scores, depicting the flow in music composition by the composers in form of elegant loops. The sculpture by its form surely depicts the idea of a trophy as a recognition to the hard work by the composers.

The Model of the sculpture.

Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

Eighty years after the death of Austrian composer Alban Maria Johannes Berg, the sculpture will become an everlasting memory erected in front of the opera house. Alban Berg has been known for the success of his operas such as Wozzeck & Lulu.

The Alban Berg sculpture, a polished metal exterior is designed keeping in mind the ease of cleaning and its repair with a permanent surface quality. The expressive lines in the conceptual sketch creates a continuous movement of the eye similar to the pleasing effect created by the music.


Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

Moreover, the name of the firm says it all (Himmelbeau – Heaven Construction), as the sculpture elevated on pedestal doesn’t miss the aura of grandeur of an opera house, creating a highly respected monument for the composers.

Client : Alban Berg Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Architect : Coop Himmelb(l)au Wolf D.Prix & partner Zt gmbh
Design Architects : Wolf D. Prix, Sophie C. Grell
Project Architect : Markus Pillhofer
Project Team : Friedrich Hähle, Jörg Hugo, Markus Pillhofer
Model Building : Win Man

by : Sanjana Malhotra

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