Liesing was formed after the Anschluss; following the allied occupation the district was partitioned to Lower Austria (and was under Soviet occupation). In 1954, Liesing and its exurbs returned to Vienna to become the 23rd of the city’s 23 districts.
This district to the southwest is expansive; except for its border with the Vienna Woods it is mostly commercial, and with unattractive concrete block apartment complexes sprinkled in-between. Thus, for this “walkabout” the plan was to drive, and so my wingman navigated on a recent rainy Sunday while I hopped out to snap the Kunst am Bau.
Speaking of the Vienna Woods, this art appeared on a building near the entrance to Lainzer Tiergarten, former hunting grounds of the Emperor. Most apropos.
A series of colorful mosaics greeted us next.
En route to a time-consuming art disappointment, a portion of the Liesing Aqueduct, part of the First Vienna Mountain Spring Aqueduct from the 1870s, and still in use.
After weaving around one-way streets that seemed to be taking us further from our target, we found our first unidentifiable concrete blob. I did not even both to alight from the car to take the snap.
A few more duds ensued before things picked up. A complimentary set of tiled walkways.
Several unexpected finds, as condominium buildings sometimes have artistic touches, as well. There is no database of the condominium art, my discovery of it is purely happenstance.
An adorable boar(?) hidden by a utility box. Too bad.
And our last find of the outing, as the lunchtime hangry’s had begun to sneak up on us, a clever way of depicting the construction information for this complex.
Back into our neck of the woods for a remarkable (in both presentation and taste) seafood lunch at an Italian place from where we have only ever ordered pizza; and then because the skies were clearing, a drive up to Cobenzl for cake and coffee, a rarity for us on both points.
Mohr in Hemd for Tony; Marillen Palatschinken for me. A sweet finish to our outing.