Sculptures along the High Way
The Artists’ Town of Gmünd attracts visitors through installing metal sculptures alongside the high way A10
Approaching Gmünd from both sides, the drivers will notice the metal sculptures situated alongside the road, inviting travellers to stop and visit the cultural hotspot of the region. The sculptures are all made by Gmünd’s resident artist and metal sculptor Fritz Russ.
The project was realized by the Kulturinitiative Gmünd, the ASFINAG and the EU-Leaderproject LAKUL – Land schaf.f.t Kultur – Kultur schafft Land.
Ten scultpures altogether, made from various metals and old tools, are situated between Katschberg Süd and Lieserhofen. They aim at establishing a relationship between art, the driver and the region: The importance of agriculture is shown by depicting cows, pigs and pichforks, the biodiversity of the two neighboring national parks, Hohe Tauern and Nockberge, is represented in sculpures of eagles and vultures resting on balustrades, and there are sculptures stressing the importance of family and water.
So far, many visitors have been attracted to a visit of the Artists’ Town of Gmünd by these roadside sculptures and thus have discovered a cultural gem!