Ottmar Hörl:
3 sculptures "Sponti Dwarfs" in a set


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ars mundi exclusive edition | limited, 199 exemplars | serially numbered | signed | metal cast in various versions | Format 7 x 15 x 5 cm (W/H/D) | weight - 1.1 - 1.3 kg

Ottmar Hörl: 3 sculptures "Sponti Dwarfs" in a set

Dwarf got his special affection. The conceptual and action artist Ottmar Hörl got cross-border attention and recognition for them. With his spectacular large installations in open places, the professor and president of the Art Academy in Nurnberg has as goal forcing the dialogue and the confrontation with the tension field of art and nature.

So, in 1994, in Seligenstadt, based on his Installation "Flying Change", displayed one thousand blue "Sponti Dwarfs" - known also as finger-flashing garden dwarfs - leaving them individually or in group formations, to their own fate. Their gradual disappearance was desired by this. For Ottmar Hörl this is no transfer of ownership, rather the transfer from public to private area, a position change fully along the line of "Flying Change". Anyway, modern times cannot claim the creation of the finger flashing gesture. It was already known in ancient Rome.

ars mundi issued the "Sponti Dwarfs" in a serially numbered and signed exclusive edition of 199 exemplars each. Three versions in metal cast, gold plated (24 carat), solber plated and bronzed. Format 7 x 15 x 5 cm (W/H/D) each. Gold and bronze plated versions: Weight ca. 1.3 kg. Silver plated version: Weight ca. 1.1 kg.

This 3-piece set of “Sponti Dwarfs" consists of one exemplar each in gold-plated, silver plated and bronzed version.

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Der Künstler Ottmar Hörl Ottmar Horl (born 1950), President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, is one of the most important contemporary German artists. His sculptural work touch upon the topic of standardization, the same design of numerous objects, surrounding us in everyday life. But he does it in a very humorous way, and his "Exhibitions" turn to real shows. When he drags a huge swarm of owls to Athens, puts hundreds of bears near the Brandenburg Gate, or shows 1000 meerkats at the “company trip”. All that is made of bright plastic. "Whether they are concentrated on a square or distributed in the urban space my installations turn to visual obstacles. Their aim is to provoke to think, to take a pause." His most famous performance was dedicated to the artist Durer and his famous watercolor “Hare”. The "Great Piece of Hare" by Horl, completed in 2003, included no less than 7000 rabbits, exhibited in the main market at Nuremberg.

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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.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.


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