Cipollino Galaxy
Cipollino Galaxy

5 UV direct printing on floor covering, armoring iron
Prints each 200 x 300 cm
2017

Images show the marble facade of 'Haus am Michaelerplatz' by Adolf Loos

Installation view Kunsthaus Baselland, 2017
Foto: Serge Hasenböhler

Loos' essay "Ornament and Crime" advocated smooth and clear surfaces in contrast to the lavish decorations of the fin de siècle, as well as the more modern aesthetic principles of the Vienna Secession, exemplified in his design of Looshaus, Vienna. 

Interestingly, for the façade of the Looshaus, he uses an extraordinarily ornamental marble that he himself chose in the quarry in Greece. This marble is called Cipollino with variations called "Cipollino Galaxy", "Cipollino Fantasy" or "Cipollino Green".

This kind of green ribbed marble was first used in ancient Greece and was exported to Rome from the 1st century BC onwards. It was quarried in several locations on the south-west coast of the Greek island of Euboea, between the modern-day cities of Styra and Karystos.