Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Rose" (2012), Silvered Version


Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Rose" (2012), Silvered Version

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 199 copies | Numbered | Signed | Tin alloy silvered | Format 7 x 9.5 x 9 cm (H/W/D) | Weight ca. 1.7 kg

Ottmar Hörl: Sculpture "Rose" (2012), Silvered Version

I am the artist who is occupied with serial structures, with systems which become interesting as a picture once they reach a determined number, said Ottmarl Hoerl about his art. So in his actions the artist crowded the Nurenberg main square with 7 000 hares (2003), filled the market square of Wittenberg with 800 sculptures of Luther (2010) and the court in Munich with 2000 white and blue lions (2015) or finally brought 10000 owls to Athens on the occasion of the Olympic games.
The Duke square in Zweibruecken was filled with roses. The background: Zweibruecken is famous as a "city of roses". There one can find the biggest garden in Europe with 60 000 roses of 2 000 different breeds.
That is why the rose was more than simply a flower: since the antique times it is famous as a symbol - of paradise in the Christian iconography, of love in the later times, of poetry, wisdom, beauty and evanescence. This variety of meanings made the flower so interesting for the artist.

On the occasion of Ottmar Hoerls's action in Zweibruecken we have launched a special numbered and signed edition of 199 copies from silvered tin alloy. Format 7 x 9.5 x 9 cm (H/W/D). Weight ca. 1.7 kg. ars mundi special edition.

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Ottmar Hoerl (born 1950) is one of the most important contemporary artists in Germany.

His sculptural works deal with the topic of normalization, the equalization of everyday objects that surround us in huge amounts in our everyday lives. But he does it in an exceedingly humorous way, and his "exhibitions" are like spectacles when he "carries" a huge swarm of owls to Athens, sets up hundreds of bears in front of the Brandenburg Gate or shows 1,000 meerkats on a "company outing" - all of them squeaky-colorful plastic.

"Focused on a place or distributed in the urban space, my installations turn into visual and tangible obstacles to make you think, make a moment of a break."

His most famous action was dedicated to the artist Duerer and his world-famous rabbit watercolor. The main market in Nuremberg during the "Big Hare Game" in 2003 was filled with no less than 7,000 rabbits filled. Ottmar Hoerl studied from 1975 to 1979 at the Academy of Visual Arts Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main, from 1981 at the University of Art and Design in Duesseldorf with Klaus Rinke as a professor. In 1985 he founded the group "Formal Skin" with the architects Gabriela Seifert and Goetz G. Stoeckmann. At the beginning of the 1990s, Hoerl was visiting a professor at the Graz University of Technology. Since 1999 he holds a professorship for fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, from October 2005 to October 2017 he was president of the academy.

Hoerl's work focuses on the aesthetics of everyday culture. He defines the concept of sculpture "as an organizational principle" and discovers this principle in its environment, in which many objects of everyday use are standardized and standardized.

His works can be found in many national and international collections. Ottmar Hoerl lives and works in Nuremberg and Wertheim.

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.