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landscape in a slide

Artists' collective Haus-Rucker-Co, documenta 6, 1977

Another documenta work of art, from documenta 6 (1977), is the "Frame Structure", or "Landscape in a Slide" of the artists' collective Haus-Rucker-Co. The working group was established in 1967 inViennaby Laurids Ortner, Günter Kelp known as "Zamp", and Manfred Ortner.

The frame structure consists of steel and a steel grid, is 31 metres long, 16.50 metres wide, and 14 metres tall. It is situated below the terrace onto Schöne Aussicht, and emphasises the unique view of the baroque park Karlsaue, which is connected to Friedrichsplatz here.

The work consists of a large frame (14 x 14 metres) made from steel grid and a much smaller 2.80 x 2.80 m frame made from brass. Thus, two different major landscape views are framed, whereby the smaller shows a section of the view from the larger frame, which could be seen as optical fine-tuning. 

The artists' collective would like the frame structure to be understood as "architecture to perceive and complement the earthly environment"; this means that the landscape that has always been visible is made into a conscious perception field through the work of art.

Before 1906, a triumphal arch stood in this place, which called attention to the unique topographical situation of the city just as much as the "Frame Structure" does today.