imagine yourself listening to the sweet serenades of a gondolier instead of being stuck in gridlock.
In 1858 Ludwig Christian Friedrich Förster, August Siccard von Siccardsburg, Eduard van der Nüll and F. Stache handed in their drafts for Vienna Ringstraße.Back then no one would have imagined this street later being used exclusively by people driving their noisy two ton death machines and thereby undermining the vision of the grand boulevard that this street was supposed to be.
While proposing inner-city transport on venice-style gondolas seems a bit far fetched, it's a stark reminder that it is only our imagination that sets the limit to what could happen on Vienna Ringstraße within the coming 150 years.
"Venice for the rest of us" is an art installation consisting of a temporary pool of water 50 x 10 x 0,5 m, an inflatable boat disguised as an authentic Venice gondola and a gondolier happy to sing any song out of "Helmut Qualtingers böseste Lieder".
The installation could be located anywhere on Vienna Ringstraße, or at nearby cultural institutions - e.g. Akademiestraße in front ofKünstlerhaus.