Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Feminine Four Seasons

The Vienna River (Wienfluss) which bisects Stadt Park was transformed from its natural state into a flood-control channel in the late 1890s by architects Friedrich Ohmann and Josef Hackhofer (see photos of their architecture along the Wienfluss in previous posts here and here). Ohmann also designed the Emperor's beautiful city Palmenhaus (here). Their Art Nouveau details made the river channel much more than an engineering project—it's a beautiful, landmark addition to the city and a pleasant place to linger.

The Art Nouveau movement often had feminine representations of the four seasons and hidden along the Wienfluss are these four lovely busts.




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