TechnoAlpin PIANO & Manifesta 7 – art and engineering
Arriving in Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy) by train is especially pleasant at the moment; at the station exit you are greeted by a current of cool air – from two TechnoAlpin PIANO snow guns!
From 19 July to 2 November, the Trentino – South Tyrol region is hosting the Manifesta, one of the most important biennales for contemporary art in Europe. The 2008 venue was selected for its outstanding post-industrial heritage, the fine cultural landscape and its special role at the interface between German and Italian culture.
Manifesta 7 is accompanied by numerous cultural events and exhibitions of modern art, including an installation by the South Tyrolean artist Hubert Kostner entitled "Sudator".
For his installation, which has been created in collaboration with TechnoAlpin and Galerie Goethe2, the artist has placed two PIANO fan guns at the entrance to Bolzano railway station. Since 1928 the station forecourt has also been the location of two sculptures by Franz Ehrenhöfer, namely "Allegory of Steam Power" and "Allegory of Electricity". The two PIANOs, which are switched on automatically at regular intervals, are positioned facing these allegorical works.
Kostner's explanation of his installation: "The current of air from the swiveling snow guns helps the allegorical figures and the people using the railway station keep cool .... The machines represent a successful industrial product from South Tyrol, a product that derives from the symbiotic use of hydropower or steam power and electricity. As a product of modern industry in the region, they contrast with the artistic representation of its ideological beginnings – for a cool dialogue in the heat of the summer!"