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" alpha-omega" fresco

During Whitsun 2004, Thomas Rucker worked on the ”Alpha-Omega“ fresco in St. Anthony’s Chapel at Abtenau, Salzburg, Austria. The fresco, which was designed using intensely colored pigments, is an abstract depiction of the concept of “Alpha-Omega”.
The materials utilized are very specific: the foundation consists of ten-year-old chalk (church) walls and various types of sand. “Smalte” and rare pigments found in the area are applied: “Salzburg ocher” from Hauns Mountain, green pigment from the town of Michelbäuern. The shade of cobalt blue used in the fresco painting is particularly vivid. Most of the colored pigments were obtained from a now defunct pigment mill.
The artist worked on the chapel wall fresco for three days. The chapel was newly built and is part of a project run by “zur Sonnleit’n” farm.
Being a symbol of “the beginning and the end”, the idea primarily represents life, but also God (as is seen in the revelation of John 1,8). In their colorfulness, the abstract shapes of Rucker’s fresco reflect life’s different facets. Darker sections even play a part in all of this, helping to enrich the positive, cheerful, overall effect versus being detrimental to it. The fresco is, so to speak, an exponent of the colorful diversity of life !

alpha- omega fresco

coulour shades

defining edges

manuel etching

painting on the wall 1

painting on the wall 2

pausing for a moment

painting on the wall 3

painting on the wall 4

analysing the second day´s work

painting on the wall 5

pausing prior to completion