Lawrence Weiner (* 10. February 1942 in Bronx, New York; lives in Amsterdam and New York) is one of the central figures in the formation of conceptional art in the 1960s and is regarded as a founding figure of post-minimalistic conceptual art, like Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim and Joseph Kosuth.
In 1991, during the Vienna Festival (Wiener Festwochen) nach einem Projekt ein markanter Anti-Kriegs-Spruch ("Smashed to pieces in the still of the night"/"Zerschmettert in Stücke im Frieden der Nacht" both in German and English) am oberen Teil der Fassade angebracht.
Source: Wikipedia, 10.08.2009
The Art on the Flak Tower
"One of the most striking outdoor artwork has been renovated: The writting of Lawrence Weiner on the Flak Tower in Esterhazypark in Wien-Mariahilf has been reconstructed. Smashed to Pieces (In the Still of the Night) is written on one side of the bunker, the opposite side has the writing translated in German - Zerschmettert in Stücke, im Frieden der Nacht. The Flak Tower has a new interpretation due to this piece of artwork - from symbol of nationalism it became an anti-war and anti-fascism memorial", explained Vienna's cultural councilor Andreas Mailath-Pokorny by the presentation.
Source: Wiener Zeitung, www.basis-wien.at, 24. Juni 2005
In 1991 the Haus des Meeres was informed that the piece of art could be installed for the duration of the festival and then removed. The resumpiton in 2005 was not negotiated with us.
We believed that the "reinpretation of the building" from the "symbol of nationalism" to "HAUS DES MEERES" would take very long. Frequently repeated "Anti-war and anti-fascism memorial" has been taken into account and we created a permanent exhibition "ERINNERN IM INNERN", to raise awarness of the history of the flak tower. Not only the small museum in the former commando room shows it, but also the boards with pictures on the walls in the building.