KRÜGER & PARDELLER: VOTIVPARK-GARAGE
Krüger & Pardeller
Underground parking garages are not just venues for wild film chases, they can also provide a setting for impressive artworks, which was demonstrated by Vienna’s Votivpark-Garage. Drive-in bank windows, waitresses on roller skates, underground flower beds, and an elegant bar: In Vienna’s first underground public parking lot, Vienna’s post-war car craze was celebrated in the 1960s. At the same time, the parking garage illustrates Roland Rainer’s groundbreaking concept of a car-free city center. With memorabilia arranged in new ways and a multicolored light installation, the Austrian-Italian artist duo Krüger & Pardeller, who won a competition put on by WIPARK in cooperation with the Vienna Business Agency, creative center departure, let some air out of the glorious days of the automobile, the promises of freedom and individualism, in one of the best-sheltered architectural jewels below Vienna. This showed an interesting part of the city’s history, which was embedded in a global context during a discussion with the sociologist and cultural and urban theorist Anette Baldauf.