Weltmaschine
2021
Sculpture
Group project under the lead of Christian Ruschitzka
Will be shown at unnamed exhibition (November 2021)
Photo-credits: Christoph Wimmer-Ruelland

The Styrian Franz Gsellmann made only one trip in his life: to Brussels - to "his" Atomium. On October 8, 1958, he visited the World Exhibition in Brussels. A picture of the Atomium in the newspaper led him there. This exhibition will forever change the life of the farmer who comes from a small village in Styria. From that moment on, his only dream is to build a machine with the Atomium at the center. His work, a kind of "Perpetuum mobile", would keep him busy for 23 years, until his death. The result is impressive: Thousands of parts, hundreds of light bulbs and 25 electric motors drive them. The permanent movement of the machine parts creates light and sound effects. It is still visited and known worldwide.
For the 40th anniversary, the Styrian artist Christian Ruschitzka assembled a team of four designers (Alice Klarwein, Paul Pfeiffer, Laura Schreiber and Christoph Wimmer-Ruelland), to each create a machine build and designed like Gsellmann would’ve done it, but instead of 23 years it had to be done in one week. A camera-crew from Austrian national television continuously filmed the process, documenting the creation of these five machines, that work on their own but also as a whole. All the parts where sorted and chosen at local junkyards, to be later re-assembled into these sculptures.