Exhibition: Reinhard Nestelbacher – Microscopic natural beauties as large-scale works of art
Science and Art at the Fortress
An exhibition of the work of the artist Reinhard Nestelbacher in the fortress casemates, implemented in cooperation with the University of Salzburg, displays microscopic wonders of nature, photographed with a unique microscopy technique and presented as large-format works of art.
Fortress Hohenwerfen is surrounded by fields, forestry and imposing mountainous scenery. The rich local countryside is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, some of which are acknowledged as endangered species. Unless a conscious effort is made to seek them, these natural marvels are often missed on country walks. Here they are the subject of a stunning exhibition in the fortress casemates. The exhibition of works by the photographic artist and science facilitator Reinhard Nestelbacher displays microscopic wonders of nature, photographed using a unique microscopy technique, and displayed as large-format works of art. This method of taking images was developed during the University of Salzburg cooperative research project between the students and the artist himself. Each object was photographed with a microscope in up to 1500 fully-detailed individual images. Each individual image was then meticulously put together to form a gigapixel image, resulting in a showcase of large-format exhibits – each occupying several square metres of space at a precision of approximately 20 micrometres.
The old casemate vaults currently accommodate a gigantic butterfly, apple, raspberry, leaves, meadow flowers, rose petals and an endangered 3-metres-long Alpine longhorn beetle, and enable visitors to marvel ‘consciously’ at the unsurpassed beauty of the natural world.
The exhibition can be viewed until November 2020 and is supported by the University of Salzburg, the Sparkling Science sponsorship project and the Orth Gymnasium school, Gmunden, Austria.