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an obviously abdicating king:

“le Roi de Pré est mort!, – vive le Roi de Pré!”

“der Aukönig ist tot!, – es lebe der Aukönig!”

“the Floodplane´s King is dead! – long live the Floodplane´s King!”

a yearning intention since years & now executed – our visit to the so-called “Aukönig” (“Floodplane´s King”), an old hybrid black poplar on the banks of river Danube –  together with my leader, friend & artist Adolf Tuma, who has prepared this year 2011 an animated iron sculpture of the tree myth Aukönig for an ordinary traffic island on the slip road from National Road into village Haslau, Lower Austria

Adolf Tuma: “it needs six people to embrace the trunk”

our judgement: the king is dying, looses leafage, branches & even bark

with the tree more than a century´s bark-carvings are going

but there´s young life beneath his trunk, up the roots:

an official  “natural monument”

a painting by Adolf Tuma: Biber in den Donauauen / Beavers in Danube´s Floodplane, 2007

the obvious model for:

Adolf “Hugo” Tuma with his artwork “monument” – or even “memorial”? – definitely no “tombstone”: “the golden drop in the middle is the symbol for a new seed of Floodplane´s King”, he tells. – a pity the sculpture rests at the contractor´s yard of the village Haslau next a garbage container: “the traffic island is prepared for installing but administrative channels seem choked up”. – “I am romanticist”, he had said on the way to the banks of river Danube. – I sympathize.

… – seen through augmented reality:

Philipp Breuss-Schneeweis – founder & CVO of Wikitude – &  Günther Weinlinger – head manager of 7 reasons – mirrored in their virtual tool – an Apple iPad

on a reaped wheat field, the former scene of an ancient Roman Gladiator School at Carnuntum / Petronell, Lower Austria

even a mere iPod is useful for some virtual insights…

Wolfgang Neubauer, head manager of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft in front of a motorized device to measure the data for the virtual construction on an iPad screen

“…Neubauer said an unusual and unexplained “white spot” on an aerial photograph led experts to scan the area with state-of-the-art radar that shows a three-dimensional image of what lies underground…”:

here the aerial photograph of the amphitheatre with surrounding & following some screen shots of the steps to virtual reconstruction of the Roman Gladiator school presented at yesterday´s press conference at Petronell/ Carnuntum:

ludus gladiatorius at Carnuntum

the agenda´s topic in medial reality:

a model of old city  Carnuntum, right back the amphitheatre & Gladiator´s school in front

Dr. Markus Wachter, Mag. Franz Humer, LH Dr. Erwin Pröll, Dir.Prof. Wofgang Neubauer – proudly & media effectively presenting the archaeological discovery

in between confronted with time-shifting appearances

Hauptstraße 1A
2404 Petronell-Carnuntum

open until 15th november 2011