Suricate Sculpture by Ottmar Hörl - Suricate
Artist: Ottmar Hörl
Brand: Ottmar Hörl
Color: orange, yellow, pink, red, white, black, gold, silver
Material : soft PVC
Dimensions: 49 x 15 x 30 cm
Availability: 1 - 2 weeks
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In 2009, 1 meerkats made an excursion to the area of the Hohenkarpfen estate in the Swabian Alb. Far from their natural habitat in southern Africa, they symbolized globalization and the increasing accessibility of every corner of the earth.
The Hohenkarpfen area will be the destination of a very special "Work Outing". On Sunday September 13, at 11 a.m., Ottmar Hörl, internationally renowned sculptor and performer, will open an open-air exhibition there. By that time he will have installed 1000 roughly life-size meerkats in the meadows surrounding the hotel and art foundation. Why the meerkats, then? The adorable little fellows inspire positive feelings in anyone who can observe them. Perhaps this is because in some ways their behavior resembles that of human beings. They whistle without getting tired, disappear into their underground caves, suddenly reappear in a different location, dig, play, sunbathe, employ babysitters or teach their young to hunt. A member of the clan is always on the lookout, on guard and keeping an eye on the surroundings. It is precisely this characteristic posture of a standing sentry that Ottmar Hörl has chosen for his meerkats, thus adding a new quality to the many artistic events he has organized in public so far. Cheerful and somewhat quirky at the same time, meerkats, normally living in the arid savannas and deserts of southern Africa, give a sunny yellow coloration to the early autumn landscape around the Hohenkarpfen mountain. Hörl's plastic sculptures could also allude to the fact that the world has become a global village. After all, the nearby town of Trossingen is twinned with Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Art makes such associations possible. This time, a majestic delegation of meerkats takes a "work trip" rather than official representatives.
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Ottmar Hörl, a multidisciplinary German artist, is internationally recognized for his avant-garde style and his daring to undertake colossal projects. Sculptures, serial sculpture installations, photographs and conceptual objects: its aim is to offer a type of art accessible to all, to democratize sculpture in particular by exhibiting gigantic and radical projects in public spaces. Today it is his garden gnome Ben, presented in Cologne for the first time in 2005, that contributes to his great fame: his installations are exhibited regularly in European capitals. Keen on the democratization of art, he uses simple materials such as PVC. Very invested in the world of Fine Arts, he is one of the founding members of the Nuremberg Academy in 1999, of which he became president in 2005. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his great creativity and his radical and offensive vision of promoting the democratization of sculpture. He is also a founding member of the Fomalhaut group in 1985: a design, art and architecture studio where he contributed to the design in collaboration with architects of impressive design pieces such as Living Room : a contemporary residence in the medieval center of Gelnhause in Germany.
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