About the Artwork

RED ATLAS is part of the ongoing sculptural series ATLAS that deals with the subject of balance. RED ATLAS investigates our physical position in relation to the surrounding architecture. In previous works, Altenbuger has used the appearance of architecture – a fallen arch or tipped plinth. For RED ATLAS he has stripped away the representational and made a sleek simple form from heavy architectural material. The sculpture leans gently on the wall, held firm by its shear weight; exploring the balance between object, architecture and ourselves, using this interplay to question the perception of our physical presence in an urban space.

Year: 2012

Copyright the artist, Courtesy of William Benington Gallery. Photo: © Nick Turpin


red and black granite with rubber joints


diameter: 15 cm, height: 270 cm