Michael Aschauer
Petro Sculptures

Petro Sculpture in Public Space

Petro/cultures - Petro$culptures as AR Exhibition
2. Floor

Petro Sculpture #1.20.23 stands as a monument to our ignorant and blind relationship with natural resources. Standing tall at 2.1 meters, this art piece is a fusion of classical art and modern technology, featuring a life-sized replica of Michelangelo's David, a timeless symbol of beauty and strength. However, this iconic figure's head is placed within an oil drum, an unmistakable representation of our society's dangerous obsession with fossil fuels.

Recycled plastic, collected from products that contribute to our pollution crisis, are transformed through 3D printing to shape this mobile sculpture and serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of our actions. It challenges viewers to ponder over the impact of our collective ignorance and arrogance towards the pressing issue of climate change and environmental degradation. The juxtaposition of the ancient classical figure and modern industrial materials encourages us to examine the choices we make and the legacy we leave behind.

Petro sculptures is series of mash-up sculptures remixed from found footage models of fine art classics and artifacts of our fossil fuel culture. Originally envisioned as virtual sculptures for augmented reality, Petro Sculpture #1.20.23 marks the first life-sized realization of this series in public space.

The augmented reality exhibitions Petro/cultures - Petro$culptures can be experienced with your own mobile phone throughout the STWST building….

The project was funded by LINZimPULS.

Michael Aschauer is a conceptual digital media artist and developer. His works have been shown in numerous exhibtions and festivals around the globe and awarded prices (including Ars Electronica’s). He grew up in Linz / Austria, studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and currently lives in Southern France.