Legplants in the floating worldMotoko Dobashi

Legplants in the floating world

For the underpass "Am Tabor", a joint project of KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien and ÖBB, Japanese artist Motoko Dobashi has based her work on the sky colors of the Japanese ukiyoe woodblock prints blue and red and enlivened this background with giant hairy plant legs and floating coral fossils in black and white. The new mural on both sides of the underpass to the north railroad district creates space and brightness. Legplants in the floating world is a distinctive and contemporary gateway to the new urban district, all under the banner of sustainability and climate protection. The clear, reduced visual language opens up a tidy, fear-free space for the users of the underpass and an unmistakable encounter with the artwork.

The two motifs, the fictitious space-occupying giant plant with fine hairs and the flying fossil fragments of the stone coral symbolically stand for different urban dynamics. Human leg movements from one part of the city to another were the inspiration for the curved plant stems. The coral fossils floating far above refer to the raw material of concrete: limestone produced by stone corals. In this way, the viewer's gaze is also led into the inner construction. Concrete as a building material continues to fuel the growth of modern societies today - especially in metropolitan areas such as Vienna. Pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers and the users of the tram line O will experience a complex upgrading of their urban space through their individual perceptual experiences, the lively and natural decor, the perceptible optical widening of the space and the thematic motif references.


Underpass "Am Tabor", 1020 Wien

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Motoko Dobashi *1976 Tokushima (JP), lives and works in Tokio (JP)



Legplants in the floating worldMotoko Dobashi

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Since May 14, 2021

Tram O, Nordbahnstraße

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