free as a bird

23/06/24Sunday, 09:00 - 12:00further appointments Bahnhof Ebensee LandungsplatzHauptstraße 36, 4802 Ebensee
Free entry
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© Vogelfrei, Nursery 8.2, © Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Arttower Mito 2012


A project by Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, conceived by Katharina Lackner and Julia Stoff.

During the Cultural Capital Year, the Landungsplatz Train Station in Ebensee will derail, transforming into a realm of tangible, self-determined imagination. A resounding invitation to all – and especially to children and their adults, vogelfrei encourages its guests to invent birds and other flying creatures while resisting their extinction. The artist duo Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger initiate a spatial narrative from a bird’s-eye view – a wondrous beginning with an open-ended outcome. Their installation provides space up to the ceiling for fantastical beings to be discovered. created and built on-site.

A wild decoy bird world grows with: cunning turtledoves and bashful vultures, organized chickens and enamored dragons, cockatoos, hummingbirds and cheeky finches, icy siskins, hungry smacks, award-winning goldfinches, fantastic crossbills, great tits, and Salzkammergut swallows, impatient alpine parrots, lavender swans, well-traveled gallows birds and generous magpies, zizibes and birigoes, 
excited nest sitters and extravagant fledglings, bird droppings, seductive egg dances, and as-yet-undiscovered swarms.

The former restaurant is transformed into a hub of anarchic ornithological diversity. Its final appearance remains uncertain. There is great curiosity about the unbridled inspirations of its visitors. A vibrant, interactive installation created from an extensive selection of found materials, inviting wonder and encouraging experimentation. Those who want birds need courage for the wild.

Opening hours: 

The exhibition can be viewed at the following times: 

June 21st and 22nd Opening (times to follow) 

June 23 – July 5, 2024: 
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m 
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m 

July 6 – September 8, 2024: 
Thursday to Monday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m 
Tuesday and Wednesday only for groups with advanced reservation


Gerda SteinerJörg Lenzlinger (Artists)
Katharina LacknerJulia Stoff (Curators, Responsible for the project)
Dieter Mackinger (Production)

Aleksey Shchigalev, Dr. Achim Diedenhofen, Dr. Konrad Hilbers (Art assistance)
×-act events (organizer)

Bildungszentrum Salzkammergut/Malwerkstatt, Community Nurse Ebensee am Traunsee, facilities for senior citizens, Frauenforum Salzkammergut, children’s and youth ministry of the Catholic parish Ebensee and Roith, market town Ebensee am Traunsee, Museum Ebensee, Österreichische Kinderfreunde – Region Salzkammergut, schools, kindergartens and other educational institutions, tourist office Ebensee am Traunsee, Vogelfreunde Ebensee Himmel and many more. (experts)

Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro helvetia

Simone Barlian (Head of Visual Arts Program)
Teresa Kranawetter (Assistance Visual Arts)

Kultur im Fluss

Event info

Bahnhof Ebensee Landungsplatz
Hauptstraße 36, 4802 Ebensee