About the white statue
This white statue by Ottmar Horl is the Worldview Model I B, 2006. It features a seated long-distance viewer with binoculars. This statue is part of the worldview series created by the artist. The statue comes without base so that it can be placed everywhere on the edge of a shelf or a table, or by a window.
- Dimensions: 12″ x 14.17″ x 21.64″
- Color: White statue
- Model: Worldview model I B
- Materials: Molded plastic, made in Germany.
- In and outdoor use
About the art
With these long-distance viewer statues, Hörl puts issues such as Thinking Design in a nutshell, gives them a visual profile in urban space, and ultimately makes them “tangible” to everyone. “Visitors, residents, and passers-by are invited to reflect upon, and reinterpret, the process of generating ideas as well as mechanisms of perception and worldviews,” points out Professor Ottmar Hörl. In line with the artist’s concept, the work opens up several options for contemplating various sets of questions and, on different levels, to gauge the potential of man’s imaginative and creative powers as well as their range of effects. However, it is up to the beholders to what extent they wish to get involved and what kind of stimulus, interpretation, or inspiration they are prepared to draw.
Purportedly, the compound made up of Welt (“world”) and Anschauung (“view”) was first used by philosopher Immanuel Kant in Part I of his Critique of Judgement, published in 1790, in the context of his establishing aesthetics as a theory of taste. According to Kant, aesthetic pleasure in the beautiful and sublime results from balanced interaction between perception and knowledge, and the value of an aesthetic object is largely determined by the fact that it provides “unlimited potential for reflection”. “First of all, ‘worldview’ generally refers to the ability to look at the world under aesthetic and perceptive considerations”[i]. A hundred years after Kant, Rudolf Steiner, the anthroposophist, identified twelve fundamental worldviews. Numerous academics, philosophers and writers, including Friedrich Hebbel, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Sigmund Freud, have dealt with the issue. Worldview is the way an individual sees his or her existence in the world. It provides cultural orientation, while also implying the possibility for different views. Worldview issues are typically rooted in the particular context of an era. They always focus on the individual.
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