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(March 20, 2004)

Joachim Vollmer

Nepomuk Kapelle, Bregenz

Bernhard Vogl

Lights at the Volksprater

The Prater (Park), Vienna, Austria

18:45 CEST

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The whole day was dark and grey. I went to the Prater - Vienna's well known entertainment park - to capture some colour for the beginning of spring...
The day began to fade and I still hadn't found what I was looking for. - Until I came to this place at the 'Volksprater' which reminded me about my understanding of this WWP event:
Many different people all over the world contributing to this event - just as many "glowing hearts" shining all together as one, to bring some light and colour to our world!
Well i tried to capture it...

The history of the Prater goes back to the year 1162, its first documentary mention. The Prater is named after its first owner - a noble family called "de Prato". Afterwards it was in the possession of different monasteries and municipalities, before Maximilian II made it into a hunting ground for the Emperors of Habsburg in 1560.
In 1766 Emperor Joseph II opened the Prater to all inhabitants of Vienna. Soon it became a very popular recreation area and it was just a question of time until the first entertainment facilities appeared (roundabouts, lunch conditions...).

The Prater remained untouched for a long time. In the 60's of the 19th century the first bigger amendments were made: The world exhibition 1873 reduced the untouched nature to a large extent. More and more buildings cut the recovery area. 1895 the entertainment area "Venice in Vienna" was established and in 1897 the well known ferris wheel was built in it's center.
In 1938 the Prater became the property of the town of Vienna.
In the Second World War the Prater area was destroyed by numerous bomb hits as well as by the building of protecting constructions. Nearly every tree was damaged by bomb fragments.
The majority of the Prater entertainment constructions became a victim of a fire in April 1945. After 1945 the Prater was rebuilt again by private initiatives.

Nowadays the Prater is one of the well known attractions in Vienna.

Jump to a panorama of the Prater's main landmark, the big Ferris wheel

Source of information: www.wien.gv.at
Fuji S2 Pro, Sigma 8mm Fisheye with custom built pano-head
Stitched with PTGui 3.6b1 + Autopano
Post Processing with Enblend, Neatimage, QTVR: Panocube

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