Obit> Walter Pichler: 1936-2012

Monday, July 23, 2012
House for the two troughs, front view. (Courtesy Gladstone Gallery)

House for the two troughs, front view. (Courtesy Gladstone Gallery)

Walter Pichler, the far sighted visionary architect, died last week at his home in Burgenland, Austria at the wage of 76. Though he does not seem to have an English Wikipedia page devoted to his work, Pichler was unquestionably one of the most influential artist/architects working in post-war Europe. Like Austrians Hans Hollien, Raimund Abraham, the groups Haus Rucker and Coop Himmelb(l)au, he created a powerful and evocative utopian world out of a hybrid of sculpture and drawing but always with an architectural idea at the core of the work.

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