Design of altar, ambo, tabernacle, candle holders, seats, and other objects in the parish church of Oberneukirchen, Upper Austria; development of spatial concepts and contributions to the renovation of other parts of the church.

Limestone, painted steel, brass, concrete floor, oak wood.


Collaboration with Walter Kräutler and Isolde Christandl

In the course of the renovation of the neo-Gothic parish church built in 1898, the liturgical objects and several other elements were part of an artistic commission, developed in collaboration with architect Walter Kräutler.

The liturgical objects consist of a number of steel poles holding slabs of limestone. These are placed on fields of a darker floor material that provides an optical foundation for the very light objects and defines an area of activity for each object.
The position of the poles is loosely based on the pattern of the columns in the floor plan of the church and refers to an idea of many seemingly fragile elements carrying something large and heavy conjointly.

The original baptismal font was reinstalled as such after having served as the foundation of the altar since the last renovation. It was placed on the same level as the other liturgical elements on a field of darker cement.
In addition to the objects, we contributed a concept for the spatial reorganization of the church. This concept was based on the recommendation to move the altar into the middle of the community in order to improve the flow between the different spaces in the church. Furthermore, the number of seats in the church was adapted and a series of other spaces and objects were renovated or redesigned.
The windscreens and the additional benches were designed by Walter Kräutler.

Parish church of Oberneukirchen, commissioned by Diöszese Linz, A





Parish church Oberneukirchen
Photo: Hertha Hurnaus