Susanne Schmögner kneeling on artwork while painting a section of the Spiral-shaped labyrinth for 1987 Luna Luna park surrounded by artworks.

Susanne Schmögner

Susanne Schmögner’s contribution to the 1987 Luna Luna park was the Spiral-Shaped Labyrinth

Susanne Schmögner designed an immersive labyrinth for Luna Luna. Visitors moved through hand-painted materials forming spirals, meeting two diety-like sculptures in the middle who handed them a copy of the poem “Golden Age” by Arthur Rimbaud.

Artist

Susanne Schmögner

Attraction

Spiral labyrinth

Born

1939, Austria

Schmögner creates installations and large-scale sculptures often for outdoor and natural environments

Apart from Luna Luna, Schmögner has collaborated with André Heller on Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Heller’s Botanical Garden in Gardone Riviera, and Heller’s ANIMA Garden in Marrakesh

Her works frequently draw from mystical symbols

Susanne Schmögner, Spiral labyrinth, exhibited 1987.

Fairground view: Susanne Schmögner, Spiral labyrinth. Luna Luna, Hamburg, Germany, 1987.

Susanne Schmögner is a painter, illustrator, stage and costume designer, and makeup artist best known for her large-scale outdoor sculptures and immersive installations.

Susanne Schmögner.

Susanne Schmögner, Spiral labyrinth, exhibited 1987.

For Luna Luna, Schmögner designed an immersive spiral-shaped labyrinth. The materials forming the spiral features hand-painted sets of gridded and coiled lines, bird flocks, and flowers. At the center of the labyrinth, a black and gold deity-like sculpture and a smaller cat-like figure handed viewers a copy of French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud’s “Golden Age”—which speaks of the power of works of art to transcend reality.

Susanne Schmögner, Spiral labyrinth, exhibited 1987.

Fairground view: Susanne Schmögner, Spiral labyrinth. Luna Luna, Hamburg, Germany, 1987.

Schmögner collaborated with Heller again to create a playground of sparkling sculptures resembling genies and spirits for Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria. She also created a sculpture of a creature with a pointed head peeking out from behind a cluster of plants and a kiosk-like wooden installation painted with animals and insects for Heller’s Botanical Garden in Gardone Riviera, Italy; and a series of sculptures camouflaged amidst nature for Heller’s ANIMA Garden in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Interior view: Susanne Schmögner, Spiral labyrinth. Luna Luna, Hamburg, Germany, 1987.

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Thirty-six years ago, Luna Luna landed in Hamburg, Germany: the world’s first art amusement park with rides, games, and attractions by visionaries like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and David Hockney. By a twist of fate, the park’s treasures were soon sealed in 44 shipping containers and forgotten in Texas—until now.