Since 1997 Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger have been developing site-specific ephemeral, burgeoning projects that change over time - halfway between the biological and the artificial. For each exhibition, they tailor their visual vocabulary to the distinctive features of the new setting. Their installation “Giardino calante” in San Stae Church (Venice Biennale, 2003) brought them worldwide renown. Through their art they examine the concept of fertility, a notion often associated with chemical fertilisers but which above all conjures up the idea of the original energy from which flow all life forms. Enthralled by the creation process of living beings, in 2010 they designed an extraordinary soup of coloured crystals in the château's dining room at Chaumont-sur-Loire, which spilled its crystals over the banqueting tablecloth in surreal slow motion.
Using various parts of plants, leaves, grass and dried flowers collected from the gardens of the Domain and installed in the space, these Swiss artists, clearly in awe of nature and the power of wonder, have conjured up a living dreamland - an amazing hanging garden that shows off the architecture to stunning effect.
Gerda STEINER and Jörg LENZLINGER
Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger were born in 1967 and 1964 respectively and work together as a duo of artists. They live in Uster/Zurich. Since 1997, they have been working on joint projects. They grow artificial plants and crystal plants, cover walls with cheerful frescoes and greet their fellow kind with disarming charm.
Gerda Steiner made a name for herself with sweeping wall paintings whose curves and brash colours brought to mind the 1960s psychedelic models.
Jörg Lenzlinger specialised in experimenting with industrially produced urea, which he uses to make concretions of multicoloured stalactites and crystal landscapes. Together they fashion huge installations split into myriad parts, tiny wonderlands that tell their tale with uplifting charm and playful irony.