As preparations were going on in the whole of the Musiverein, there was a additional area, which “joined” the preparations this year!
The “Erste-Bank-Foyer” in the 1st underground floor, a hall-way with a bar, which used to be the only smoking area in the building. Since by law, the whole building was declared as non smoking, the room needed to be turned into something attractive. A.G. from the first violins, also in charge of the ball, had the great idea to create a wine bar. WKH was asked, if he was prepared to contribute with some photos that he had taken over the years. As the conversation went on, A.G. handed the project “Wine Gallerie – Big Bottle” over to WKH and suddenly a very challenging, yet highly responsable task was to be tackled!!
After endless hours of research, meetings and thinking, a first meeting with the architect and artist Thomas M. Mayrhofer (TOM Projekt Design GmbH) took place on November 1. At first, WKH needed some time to get into the visionary world, which was quite different than looking through a lens! The feeling, that our collaboration will lead to something unusual, but very expressive was clear from the beginning and was extremely exciting! Thank God, I can only say, since time was not to be wasted…11 1/2 weeks including Christmas, New Year and the holidays until Jan 6!
Hundreds of hours later, not all permissions on the table yet, the preparations for the ball have started on the Monday before the Ball.
Thomas M. Mayrhofer’s “crew” left upper Austria at 03.00 a.m., arrived at 06.00 a.m. in Vienna, after off-loading the truck, together with the usual crew from the Musikverein, work started immediately and WKH tried to document as much as time allowed…
Except for a short meal break towards the evening, Mayrhofer’s “crew” worked non stop and finished after 24 hours at 03.00 a.m. … only for that day…
6 hours sleep is enough, at 09.00 a.m. they were back to continue!!
Last steps were done on Thursday, the last permission document was handed over at 16.30 – only 5 1/2 hours before the start of the ball – so tension was rising by the minute and there was no time or moment to lean back to relax… 20.00 was the final check by the governmental department, which went well, so all we had to do then was final touch-ups and then wait for the ball guests to arrive!
Many thanks to my colleagues, Thomas M. Mayrhofer and his crew, my friends, who helped me out selecting photos, creating a “business card”, but also to all the people who made this project possible to be launched!!! THANK YOU!!!