Defence against Internal and External Enemies
The cannoneer and fireman Anton Sigl created two models of the Schlossberg in 1809 and 1850. The first one still shows the fortress that had been there since the 15th century. The second and smaller model presents the predominantly bleak Schlossberg about 40 years after the fortress was blasted. Freiherr von Welden had already begun to turn the complex into a total work of art in the realm of gardening. The rudimentary fortifications can be seen on the plateau, which the authorities erected due to the riots of 1848.
Wood, papier mâché, paint
Lender: Graz Museum
Graz Museum / Photo: Arno Friebes
The Schlossberg Before It Was Razed
The large model of the Schlossberg by Anton Sigl is one of the most important objects of the Graz Museum. It shows the state of the Schlossberg before the destruction of the fortification, which had to be carried out after the defeat against the Napoleonic troops in 1809. Around 1805, Sigl began to work on the model made of wood and papier-mâché and to form the mountain with the fortification. What is special about the model is that building layers can be lifted so that they provide a view into interior spaces such as the Casemates.