Erwin HauerAustrian, 1950-
Austria-born sculptor, began in 1950 to explore modular sculptures featuring infinite continuous surfaces. Some of these structures lent themselves to architectural usage as room dividers and light-diffusing perforated walls. He patented these designs, developed the technologies to manufacture them and installed several such walls in churches in Vienna. As a result, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and came to the United States in 1955. After a stay at Rhode Island School of Design, in 1957 he was invited by Josef Albers to join the faculty of Yale University where he taught until 1990. Hauer’s patented designs were licensed to the New York firm Murals Inc. and marketed throughout the United States and six other countries. These designs are listed in domus 1928-1999 among the ”quintessential works of modernism”. After a successful period of about twelve years, the architectural screens were not manufactured any longer due to changing market conditions. Hauer continued to work as an independent sculptor in Bethany, Connecticut, exploring more Continua that were not intended for use in architecture and exclusively consisted of saddle surfaces, a field of studies to which Hauer made significant contributions. His works are in numerous museums and collections. In 2004, when Princeton Architectural Press published Erwin Hauer: Continua, Architectural Screens and Walls, there was a renewed demand for Hauer’s modular walls. Hauer teamed up with his former student Enrique Rosado to produce some of his earlier designs, and to adapt his Continua screen walls for production by up-to-date technology.