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Aspang Railway Station Memorial. Place of the Victims of Deportation, ViennaCompetition winners: PRINZpod

Aspang Railway Station Memorial. Place of the Victims of Deportation, Vienna

Reflecting the past is an essential prerequisite for the commitment against anti-Semitism, racism, and violence. Oblivion has to be countered with determination. This is why recalling the crimes of the Nazi era is a both ethical and political obligation. The memorial is intended to mark a place of recollection as a symbol and appeal not to forget and to visualize the past in a time in which the survivors’ testimony is coming to an end.
In November 2016, the jury of the competition selected PRINZpod’s project as winner by a majority of votes.

Statement of the jury:
PRINZpod’s design poignantly represents the atrocities perpetrated at the Aspang Railway Station, the deportation of 47,035 Jews from all over Austria into the unknown and death, in an abstracted and yet very direct manner. It is clearly readable and not only defines the location but also refers to the given context and the extant memorial stone. Its reduced character, which not only concerns the material, ensures an unequivocal access to the relevant contents and arouses powerful emotions. “Speechless in the face of the extent of the deportations from the Aspang Railway Station and the meticulousness with which they were carried out” (PRINZpod), the artists succeeded in finding a three-dimensional symbol that captures the horror of being deported—a journey into nothingness.

Location

Leon-Zelman-Park, 1030 Vienna

Further Information

Competition
Artistic design proposals for a memorial entitled “Aspang Railway Station Memorial, Place of the Victims of Deportation, Vienna”

Awarding authority
Kunst im öffentlichen Raum GmbH

Invited artists
Miroslaw Balka (PL), Christian Boltanski (FR), Christian Philipp Müller (CH), PRINZpod (AT), Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock (DE)

Jury
Anna Artaker, artist
Berthold Ecker, Head of the Fine Arts Section of the City of Vienna’s Municipal Department 7 for Cultural Affairs
Marie-Therese Harnoncourt, architect next ENTERprise – Architects ZT GmbH and KÖR jury member
Karl Hawliczek, Municipal Department 42 for Parks and Gardens
Éva Kovács, historian Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)
Hubert Lobnig, artist
Cordula Loidl-Reisch, landscape architect TU Berlin
Milli Segal, curator, repr. Leo Luster, contemporary witness
Ursula Schwarz, Municipal Department 7 for Cultural Affairs
Rudolf Zabrana, Deputy Head of the Municipal Office of the 3rd district

Preliminary technical examination
Monika Trimmel, werkraum wien ingenieure zt gmbh

Competition winners
PRINZpod
Brigitte Prinzgau, *1955, lives and works in Vienna.
Wolfgang Podgorschek, *1942, lives and works in Vienna.
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Aspang Railway Station Memorial. Place of the Victims of Deportation, ViennaCompetition winners: PRINZpod

Time Period

realization planned for 2017

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