Two Light-Prisms

Between the Haus zur Linde and the Syncoma office building at Kirchstrasse 1 there is a small piazza  with Two Light-Prisms by Heinz Mack. Bom in Lollar, in the German province of Hessen, in 1931, Mack is a leading kinetic artist. ln 1957, together with Otto Piene, he founded the ZERO group in Dusseldorf, whose members later included Gunter Uecker and Hermann Goepfert. As the name suggests, the group aimed to start again at zero - the zero hour - with a sweeping renewal of art following the end of the war, casting off the ballast of the past and providing an altemative to the In- formel painting of the 1950s. Their work explores dynamic structures, using aspects of movement and light in spaoe. Ever since, Heinz Mack has deployed the spectrum of pure light as a key medium to visualise his creative ideas. He has taken part several times in the Documenta exhibition in Kassel and was also invited to contribute to the group exhibition in the German pavilion at the 1970 Venioe Biennale. The two light sculptures in Vaduz, eight and ten metres in height respectively, form an imposing ensemble that is visible from afar, both day and night, in the urban setting. Light, oolour and movement combine to create a fascinating interplay of forces and energies. The light is refracted through the mineral coating of the glass, so that the spectral colours constantly change and oscillate, brightening and darkening in response to the natural and artificial light  conditions. At times transparent, then suddenly opaque, the reflexes conjure painterly effects on the  ground and the adjacent buildings, blending to create new oolours and changing the environment.  Because of the serenity that they convey, the Dr Ludwig Marxer Family Foundation regards the Two Light-Prisms as a sign of hope, aspiration and joy.


text: Cornelia Kolb-Wieczorek


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    beautiful wish it was closer to me
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