"Gurken" (or gherkins), Erwin Wurm
10th art project Salzburg Walk of Modern Art - Würth Collection: Erwin Wurm, "Gurken" (or gherkins - 2011) in Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Garten
The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has installed his work "Gurken" in Furtwänglerpark. By scaling his sculpture of five gherkins arranged in a row up to human size and by creating the impression that the objects are growing out of the tarmac, Wurm leaves ordinary objects transfused with individuality. By installing pickled gherkins, the artist elevates a simple and popular object into a work of art.
For Erwin Wurm the essential point of reference is the human body in all its multifaceted individuality. He is fascinated by "the diversity of forms, which by virtue of their uniqueness are inexhaustible". Wurm leaves his work open to interpretation, hovering as it does between critical irony and parody.