with Daniel Popović
Bretteldorf (Board village) was a wild settlement towards the end of the 19th century, on the island between the centre of Vienna and the districts of Floridsdorf and Donaustadt. It was a landfill site built mostly by boards, where the first inhabitants lived on the sale of the recyclable materials found on the dumping. The community of Vienna was against the existing settlement and was trying to dissolve them. After years of struggle with the city administration, but also trying to persist during the First and the Second World War (during which Bretteldorf became a notorious site of executions), the last Bretteldorfers were relocated in the early 1960s under the auspices of the Vienna International Garden Show in 1964 (WIG 64). The WIG 64, opened in April 1964, and it was the largest garden show in Europe at the time. In Vienna, it represented the most important major event of the post-war period. Today, many of the features of the WIG64 have been dismantled or adapted for other uses. The cardboard sculptures were made from the photographic documentation of the WIG 64 as ephemeral cardboard flower monuments for the lost Bretteldorf community.
Made from the photo archive of the
Österreichisches Gartenbaumuseum & Wiener Stadtgärten,
Vienna, Austria [photographic documentation of the Vienna I
nternational Garden Show, 1964]
38 cardboard sculptures;