Ursula Maria Mayer
A Harbour Crane approaches Zurich 15
About the piece
Carefully placing one foot in front of the other, a harbour crane walks slowly like a gigantic creature through the streets of Zurich. Curiously, it turns its head and its crane arm like a huge antenna to sense, where to go next. It seems that the machine decided based on its own free will - despite or just because of the big rejection from many sides - to make a trip to Zurich. After its retirement from its work at the Baltic Sea, the crane now spends the evening of its life visiting exotic places to learn about historical seas. Despite its immense height and weight, however, the harbour crane seems to be quite friendly and open-minded.
Due to my great fascination for old machines and also due to the huge controversial discussion about the art project of relocating a harbour crane to Zurich by “Zürich Transit Maritim”, I was very much looking forward to the reconstruction of the crane in April 2014 at the Limmat river side. When I saw the crane the first time, it appeared to me immediately as a living creature with a curious mind exploring Zurich. The huge contrast of its colours, shapes and textures with those of its surroundings gives the crane an immense vividness that I wanted to portray in a unique image series. By using a longer shutter speed and by making rapid movements while pressing the shutter, I created a dynamic series of images of a huge walking crane with a moving and rotating crane arm. However, many beautiful details become visible by taking a closer look at the images. The fine structures of the crane's ladders, lamps and rails appear almost as being painted in pastel-like cyan, green, orange and violet hues. The series, as presented, shows a few sequences from a stop motion movie comprising around 300 individual images of the walking harbour crane.
Every image of this series is available for sale as part of a limited edition of 5 prints (Format A1: 1200 USD, format A2: 900 USD, format A3+: 750 USD. Additional shipping costs: 10 - 30 USD). Please also have a look at the other images of this series!
About the artist
Ursula Maria Mayer enjoys life in Zurich, Switzerland and takes photographs in the entire world. The process of creating images is an individual and unique approach for her to experience and to explore the "real" world (or whatever the real world means to her). The occupation with reality and its different perceptions usually leads her quickly to imagine many different speculative universes, which she can make up or, sometimes even more interesting, which her camera is able to observe. She finds it very fascinating to experiment with new views and perceptions, various compositions methods, photography techniques and retouching possibilities. She obtained several awards and is exhibiting her work in different countries. It is a pleasure for her to share her artistic processes and images with you on her website www.ursulamariamayer.com.