For ten year a sunken living space in St. Pölten (Austria) has been allowed to age naturally with the elements. In this public installation (one of the seven selected from a city competition), the artist Christoph Steffner created a completely furnished, yet deserted room (a sort of prison cell) under the level of the road, subjected to a temporal process of decay and weathering, time-dependent destruction, and slowly overgrown with elderberry shrubs.
In a urban area just in front of the newly-built government district, this public installation questions the categories of public and private, through the conditions of restriction and limitations. Yet, it’s been noted that it is “very unfortunate and a great lack of curatorial interventions that the work is on the edge of the government district and could not be installed in the center.”
Photos (C) Margherita Spiluttini