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"Numbers in the Woods", Mario Merz

2nd art project Salzburg Walk of Modern Art - Würth Collection: Mario Merz, "Numbers in the Woods" (2003) on Mönchsberg, close to the Museum of Modern Art

The Italian artist Mario Merz chose the Mönchsberg mountain as the site for his work. Configured like an igloo, it stands partly concealed by trees close to the look-out point over the city.

The work consists of twelve stainless steel tubes, seven metres in height, bearing twenty-one neon numerals that gleam over Salzburg by night. The walk-in igloo constitutes a perfect symbiosis of aesthetic and natural creation. The title "Numbers in the Wood" refers to a numerical series developed by the mathematician Fibonacci, who discovered it to represent the rate of propagation of physical forces. Mario Merz regards the numerals that seem to sprout from the steel arches as evoking the growth of "leaves", in the sense of an eternal process of evolution.


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