Artistic Design in the Stefan-Weber-ParkWinner of the competition: Toni Schmale

Artistic Design in the Stefan-Weber-Park

The well-frequented Stefan Weber Park at Margaretengürtel between the 5th and 12th district is to be established as a "sculpture belt". On the initiative of the Margareten district, a joint invited competition for an artistic design was therefore held this spring with the aim of aesthetically enhancing the green strip and giving it a special character with a visible sign. The district theme 2020 "Engagiert Euch! Get involved!" should be included in the art project.

On October 21st, 2020, the five-member jury chose the project by artist Toni Schmale.

Winning Design: TONI SCHMALE – Tanke 24/7

"In Toni Schmale's design, a peripheral set piece lands on an urban “Gstetten”. She places her "TANKE 24/7" in the Stefan Weber Park, between two surrounding wild meadows, thus creating a tension between nature and technology.

The meeting place "Tanke" is one where people from all walks of life meet. It is a visible sign of meeting, a contemporary agora: the gas station as a site where political discussions can also take place. The openness and incompleteness of the construction invite all people to generate new content and to communicate.

The thoroughly provocative sculpture raises questions about temporality. It is unclear, for example, whether the gas station has not yet been completed, or whether it is a relic of times past. It is also possible that the sculpture refers to a future in which fossil fuels are no longer necessary.

On the one hand, the design shows an excellent feeling for the location as a place of transit, on the other hand it is also unruly in its materiality and appearance in relation to the surrounding wild meadows in the Stefan-Weber-Park. The unruly, the anarchic can be read as a reference to the namegiving Stefan Weber and his rock and punk band "Drahdiwaberl". The remarkable feeling for the materials and proportions used makes the work oscillate between monumentality and filigree, playing with an ambivalence between garden pavilion and gas station".

-- Statement of the jury

"It is the design of a sculpture that has the form of a gas station with two abstract gas pumps.

Gas station is a place of communication. a place to refuel energy. in dysfunction.

my gas station is the shell and/or the ruin of a gas station. the skeleton of a tank that is not clad.

thoughts about the concept of time come to mind. we are in the time before the gas station was completed, or decades after the gas station has done its job and this old familiar form has become obsolete. and it is more the memory of a time, just a sign of something past. A ruin like a garden pavilion without a roof. the orphaned petrol station as a contemporary garden pavilion. the garden ruin. meeting place Tanke.

the arcades in the stately community courtyards of the red Vienna. the triumphal arches for workers. the big gate in the gas station. the arcade of the raw steel construction.

Tanke wants to be a meeting place. it is the opposite of a monument, rather in process. the open and unfinished construction is robbed of its original functionality. the two petrol pumps are only form. it needs a new content.

there is no gasoline or diesel to be pumped. looking into the future, the concept of electromobility also emerges.

I know this rather dreary strip of lawn from the perspective of speed, sitting in the car out of town to the Obi at Matzplatz, and dragging it back down the belt in the city. in the last few weeks I have now been sitting on a bench for the first time, looking at the strip of lawn. The most dominant and memorable thing was the roar and thunder of the cars at this place of the Stefan-Weber-Park.

I wished for sound barriers and dreamed that the gasoline would simply run out, all cars would stop and the gas station would be overgrown with wild flowers of the Vienna Woods, my friends would suddenly show up and we would drink a beer after work.”

Toni Schmale *1980 in Hamburg (DE), lives and works in Vienna (AT)

Further competition contributions:

HANS SCHABUS - Verstärker

"Stefan Weber was a controversial Austrian musician. He and his band “Drahdiwaberl” worked against all rules of good taste and representation at regular intervals from the 1970s to the 2000s. This made him, in his drastic form, an innovator of stage and performance art. Megaphones were a tool he often used.

The megaphone is a mouthpiece, a device for making things understandable. As an oversized sculpture, this motif of amplification should also be visually generated. The amplification of voice is accompanied by the amplification of form. A standard megaphone is magnified 10 times. In the transformation, the amplifier changes its material and simplifies its geometric form.

The sculpture is placed as if in passing on point foundations on the lawn - slightly off-center. The surrounding park benches provide the scaled shift, or rather the proportion.

The site is located between the inner and outer belts and thus acquires a bridge function. Also in the figurative sense a circumstance of making the outer and inner districts understandable, but also between the very individual self and its expression towards the outside.

In this sense the amplifier is a political tool. A call."

Hans Schabus *1970 in Watschig (AT), lives and works in Vienna (AT)

Kateřina Šedá – Ein bunter Hund / Off the Leash

“At first glance, Stefan-Weber-Park looks like the kind of place that most locals pass through on their way somewhere else – on foot, by bike, on scooters, skateboards, or inline skates. It is a narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides by a wide and busy street filled with passing cars and trams. The noise levels are not conducive to a place for rest and relaxation, and you sometimes feel like you’re on an island surrounded by an ocean of highway.

I learned that the most frequent visitors to Stefan-Weber-Park are local dogs and their owners. While the people do their mandatory daily rounds and tend to just pass each other by, their dogs patiently stop not only at the park’s trees, bushes, and benches, but also at each other. And when they stop, their owners stop as well, and turn to face one another.

The park was named two years ago after Stefan Weber (1946–2018), who was an art teacher and the lead singer for the cult anarchist rock theater group Drahdiwaberl. By talking with his daughter Monika, I learned that Stefan Weber was not just a socially active anarchist who was interested in neither money nor profit, but that he was also a loving husband and father, a great fan of the Wild West, an art collector, and that he loved to go to the movies.

I decided to bring this unconventional artist to this place through an art installation that I would create not only with the park’s most frequent visitors but also with his family, friends, colleagues, and students. The aim of my project is to introduce into the life of the park the spirit of its humorous, freethinking namesake, who was known for his unconventional actions and for breaking down the limits of conventional behavior. According to the Chinese horoscope, Stefan Weber was born in the year of the dog, and he perfectly fits the characteristics of this star sign. Unlike leashed dogs that obediently walk alongside their owners, Stefan was “off the leash.” He avoided the well-trodden path, and instead of meeting established criteria he was always pushing their boundaries. In the same way, my project lets the local dogs run free in a sculptural installation in which they all glance up towards him in heaven, thus symbolically paying him tribute.

I will first try to find out what dog breeds are the most common in the park, and then I will ask their owners if they would like to participate in a workshop at the park during which we will work with an invited sculptor to create a life-sized model of their dogs. We will make six copies each of five breeds to create thirty dog sculptures in total, each of a slightly different color and installed in a slightly different manner. Each dog in the installation will have a unique tag with a QR code so that passers-by can easily learn to whom each of the off-leash dogs belongs. After scanning the QR code, they will learn not only the dog’s name and basic information about it, but most importantly they will be taken to a specially created website about Stefan Weber.

While trying to find out more about Stefan Weber, I discovered that the information on the web is very superficial and incomplete. I couldn’t find a single website that focused specifically on him and that might have presented a complete picture of his life. I would thus like to fill this gap, and to create a website as an important and integral part of my installation at Stefan-Weber-Park. In an easily understood manner, the website will present his life and the local dog owners’ relationship to this distinctive individual.”

Kateřina Šedá *1977 in Brno (CZ), lives and works in Brno (CZ)


Stefan-Weber-Park, 1050 Vienna

Further Information

One-stage invited artist competition for an artistic design in the Stefan-Weber-Park in 1050 Vienna

Cooperation between Margareten District and KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien (Public Art Vienna)

Kunst im öffentlichen Raum GmbH
Margareten District Administration Office

Kunst im öffentlichen Raum GmbH

Werkraum Ingenieure ZT-GmbH, Monika Trimmel

Brigitte Felderer, KÖR Jury
Martin Kohlbauer, architect
Peter Sandbichler, artist
Susanne Schaefer-Wiery, Margareten District Administration Office
Ursula Schwarz, Municipal Dept. 7–Cultural Affairs

Astrid Böhme, Margareten District Administration Office
Gerhard Dully, Municipal Dept. 33 – Public Lighting
Bernd Frauenfeld, Municipal Dept. 28 – Road Management and Construction
Elisabeth Irschik, Municipal Dept. 19 – Architecture and Urban Design
Sonja Moissl, Municipal Dept. 37 – Building Inspection
Peter Peternell, Vienna Public Transport
Franz Roth, Municipal Dept. 46 – Traffic Management and Organization
Martin Scherer, Municipal Dept. 34 – Building and Facility Management
Martin Speckmayer, Wiener Netze
Angela Stief, curator
Maximilian Strauss, Municipal Dept. 42 – Parks and Gardens
Marianne Taferner, Municipal Dept. 7 – Cultural Affairs
Martina Taig, managing director, KÖR GmbH
Monika Trimmel, preliminary examiner, Werkraum Ingenieure ZT GmbH


Artistic Design in the Stefan-Weber-ParkWinner of the competition: Toni Schmale

Time Period

expected spring 2021


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