Siegerentwurf von Marc Quinn - Memorial for the men and women victimized by the persecution of homosexuals in the Nazi Era

Resselpark, Vienna


Denkmal zeigt aufeinander liegende Hände

Marc Quinn proposes to create a new socially-inclusive public monument to the homosexual men and women persecuted during the Holocaust, through an open and performative gesture with people living in Vienna today.

In addition to having been made with the community, this mirrored sculpture will capture reflections of the city, the sky and its audience and, in doing so, will bring every viewer into a personal dialogue with the monument and its history.

Typically, a monument is an artwork which engages only with the past. Quinn’s artwork, however, will simultaneously commemorate the past and exist firmly in the now as the questions it brings to the fore are still living and breathing, and part of our lives today.

Artwork description

Denkmal zeigt aufeinander liegende Hände

The artwork comprises two pairs of clasped hands - one the hands of two men; the other the hands of two women - cast in aluminium bronze with stainless-steel mirrors. These hands will be moulded from the hands of two homosexual men and two homosexual women who will have been invited to participate in the project through an open call in Vienna.

Their hands will be enlarged to one metre high and cast in aluminium bronze, and set upon a low handmade table whose polished stainless-steel surface forms a mirror. In turn, at the wrist of each pair of hands is a flat mirrored side in which the viewers will find themselves reflected. At a distance, the artwork appears as one delicate silver form set amongst the trees in Resselpark. However, as individuals walk towards the artwork, they see the park, the city of Vienna and themselves reflected in its mirrors. The artwork will change with the seasons, the time of day, with the developing cityscape and its people, and stands as an engrained and contemporary part of Vienna.

In the busy atmosphere of Karlsplatz the monument creates a precious moment of contemplation as people pause upon seeing their reflected image and take time to consider the artwork and its history. Incorporating both ideas of fragility in its mirrored surfaces and endurance in its aluminium bronze, this piece is also a reminder of the vulnerability of human life, the precarity of human rights and the strength that can be attained through a collective coming together.

As the audience are drawn into the form of the work, they are invited to consider the way in which we are all part of history - both affected by it and holding the power to set its course.

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Stadt Wien | Wiener Antidiskriminierungsstelle für gleichgeschlechtliche und transgender Lebensweisen