In this scene from the series of “One Minute Sculptures” directed by the artist Erwin Wurm for the Wien Mitte real estate development, Karl Merkatz celebrates not only the beginning of the construction of the project but also the ceaseless creative energy and essential non-conformity which he shares with the radical philosophers of Antiquity.
The Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm creates sculptures out of social situations and vice versa. With a fitting lack of respect and little hesitation about engaging with everyday and banal situations, Wurm knocks sculpture off its pedestal and drags it into real life. His “One Minute Sculptures” then freeze this real life for a moment in which those grotesque, absurd and bizarre aspects of life which are usually hidden from view can be “captured”. These “One Minute Sculptures” have become the artist’s highly successful international trademark – a success shown by, among other things, the number of imitations. This highly personal and highly flexible understanding of sculpture has made it possible for Erwin Wurm to make inroads into such theoretically alien worlds as fashion and advertising, worlds in which he is able to employ his unmistakable signature without losing his essential sense of ironic distance.