Vienna, Austria, St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, more commonly known by its German title Stephansdom, is one of the most famous churches in Austria. The foundation stone of the church was laid in the 12th century.
In St. Stephen's Cathedral, the tradition of a Lenten cloth ("Fastentuch") has been reinterpreted by contemporary artists for several years. In 2019 the Austrian artist Peter Baldinger presented his interpretation with his work "Echo Curtain".
The veil consists of 34 x 18 mirrored stainless steel plates, each with approx. 8 in x 8 in. Depending on the viewer's point of view and the lighting conditions, a cross becomes visible within the art installation.
The silver-colored steel plates were produced by EXYD. The plates are from the Product Lines EXYD-M and EXYD-D. The 612 plates were installed by employees of the Dombauhütte.
The approx. 12 ft x 22 ft large Lenten cloth was on display at the high altar of Stephansdom until the end of Lenten season in mid-April 2019. At the same time, also the art installation "Sky of Stones" (Peter Baldinger) was on display in the center nave of the cathedral.