Monday, June 30, 2014
If you are looking for young Austrian fair trade fashion, this store in the 7th district is the perfect address for you. I have to admit that I have never been inside, but the urban art work on the façade catches my eyes every time I pass by.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The sculpture "Ligne indeterminée" by French artist Bernar Venet in front of the Upper Belvedere is part of one of the museum's current exhibitions. The sculpture is a sort of old aquaintance to me as I have seen it already in Salzburg (2010) and in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles (2011).
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Since last year it has become easier for restaurants, cafés but also shops to get the permission to set up an outdoor area. A fashion store in the 7th district (a rather creative area) put a sail boat on the street and realizes in this boat an urban gardening project. What a great idea!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
I thought I showed you the current window display of the department store "Steffl" last Friday, but the day before yesterday I had to notice that it was updated and is now dedicated to the recently started summer sale season.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
After an 11 years break tomorrow the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, Styria, takes again place. An Austrian company that is an official sponsoring partner of one of the racing teams did some advertising by putting a formula 1 racing car in a shopping center in the 3rd district. As you can see the car attracted a lot of attention.
Friday, June 20, 2014
The department store "Steffl" consistently invites young designers to create artistic shop windows: Otto Girsch created several rooms in the windows that display key elements of his modern interpretation of the typical Viennese Art Nouveau style.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Yesterday evening I went to see an exhibition about shoes in art and design at KUNST HAUS WIEN. The museum is located in the 3district, in a former Thonet furniture factory that has been remodelled by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. For him human misery was a result of the rational, sterile, monotonous architecture; he propagated instead an architecture in harmony with nature with uneven floors, woods on the roof and spontaneous vegetation. His buildings are not to everybody's taste, but they really stand out of the normal.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Last Sunday the Institut français de Vienne (French institute of Vienna) at the Palais Glam Callas hosted a design market with French flair. In the park that surrounds the palais visitors coud also savour French delicacies, listen to French music or simply hang around and enjoy the sunny afternoon.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The neo-classical Palais Glam Callas was built from 1834 to 1835 for Prince Franz Joseph von Dietrichstein as a summer residence. Since 1981 it has housed the Institut français de Vienne (French institute of Vienna).
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Austria doesn't take part in the current Football World Cup in Brazil, but of course the football fans are still following the matches and there are several public screening locations in Vienna. Yesterday morning this café in the city center was decorated with a flag garland for some worldcup feeling. By the way, in "neo-German" we use the English term "public viewing" for "public screening"...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Last weekend the railing of the Pont des Arts in Paris has semi-collapsed due to the weight of all the love locks attached to it. In Vienna we are far from a similar situation (maybe because it's not such a romantic city like Paris), but I recently discovered some first love locks at the Jedleseer bridge, a bridge only for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters which connects the 22nd district with the Danube Island.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This golden cylinder on Graben is a temporary installation by Austrian artist Axel Stockburger - "Quantitative Easing (for the street)". With this art project Stockburger wants to point out the financial and banking crisis. "Quantitative easing" is a strategy in an extreme crisis of confidence in which banks restrict their function as lenders and become barriers within their own ecosystem. In order to prevent a collapse of the money circuit, central banks buy financial assets at the public expense and thus introduce new money into the ailing financial system. The golden cylinder represents the “central bank,” which randomly distributes euro coins in the street. When I passed by yesterday evening unfortunately the cylinder didn't distribute any money, there were only these three men watching and waiting...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Here's another photo taken during my bicycle tour on Danube Island last Friday: The 250m high DC Tower is Vienna's newest and tallest skyscraper. The "skyscraper Neue Donau" pales in comparison with this new edifice, but it's still the tallest residential building in Austria.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Yesterday evening I finally made the first bicycle tour of this season on the Danube Island. This was one of my views: the Millennium Tower and the setting sun. For me this view means summer because I never go to Danube Island during the cold season.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Yesterday I was at the opening of the exhibition "Swinging Teatime" at the Augarten Porcelain Museum. The exhibition shows unpublished designs and original porcelain from the 1950s and provides also an insight into the general stylistic feel of that period.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Every year the AIDS charity event Life Ball has another theme and brings the visitors to create elaborate, flashy and crazy costumes. This year the motto was "Garden of Earthly Delights" and these two girls opted for a very flowery styling.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Last Saturday the Life Ball, one of the biggest AIDS charity events in the world took place for the 22nd time at the Vienna City Hall. The Life Ball is an exuberant festivity with extraordinary performances and makes a loud statement in the fight against HIV and AIDS. As a sign of solidarity the Parliament was decorated with a huge red ribbon.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
I didn't have the slightest idea what to photograph for this month's theme day.... and then I went to a shopping center in the 22nd district and saw these kids enjoy the interactive children's area. They were running around, happily chasing the moving "tiles" - the boy in the green sweater was paticularly into it.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.