Die Weltmaschine des oststeirischen Bauern Franz Gsellmann ist eine im Zeitraum von 1958 bis 1981 erbaute Kunst-Maschine.
Der Ausdruck „Weltmaschine“ stammt nicht vom Erbauer und ist ein Notname, da ein Zweck der Maschine im herkömmlichen Sinn nicht erkennbar ist, und auch Gsellmann selbst antwortete auf solche Fragen ausweichend. Man kann die Maschine daher als künstlerische Installation bzw. Kinetische Kunst interpretieren.
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The Weltmaschine (German for „world machine“) is an artifact which was built by the Austrian farmer Franz Gsellmann. When he visited Brussels on October 8, 1958 to see the Atomium, he had an idea to create a machine which he would pursue until his death on July 2, 1981.
Gsellman was a deeply devout man and believed he had a special destiny preordained by God. For the first eight years of the project, he kept his work room locked and told no one, not even his family, what he was working on. The centerpiece of this machine was a model of the Atomium. Around this, he used a vast number of different and strange parts, including 200 light bulbs, 64 bird whistles, 14 bells, a hair dryer, a cup from Persia, the Mercedes star logo taken from a car, replicas of the clock tower of Graz and of a windmill from the Netherlands, an eagle made out of metal from Berlin, a ship’s turbine, eight lampshades, 560 wooden beads, 26 glass plugs, 53 light switches, a six-cylinder engine, a model of a moon rocket made in Japan, and innumerable other trinkets which he got both from local flea markets and ordered from different countries.
When he switched the Weltmaschine on for the first time, the whole village immediately suffered from a blackout.
Shortly before his death, Gsellman told his wife that he considered his work to be completed. Today, the Weltmaschine is open for visitors (though there is a small admissions charge), and more than 100,000 people from all around the world have visited it.
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