Objects and discoveries of Paul Schatz
The objects designed by Paul Schatz reveal the secrets of space through play and beauty.
With his invertible cube, the inventor and discoverer demonstrates the vastness and fascination of the unknown. The invertible cube became the basis of Paul Schatz's discovery and development of new geometric shapes and countless machines, inspired by the idea that the laws of motion and the possibility of inversion is present within every static shape.
Paul Schatz was born in Constance on Lake Constance on 22 December 1898. His early life was shaped by his comfortable, middle class background - his father was a town councillor and owner of a small engineering works. He was fascinated by the technological advances of the new century and especially aviation. When the First World War entered its second year in 1916, this gifted student was awarded the Count Zeppelin Prize, which was a scholarship for coming first in mathematics and science. At the age of seventeen, he was sent to the Western Front as a radio operator. After the war, he began to study mathematics and mechanical engineering at the Munich College of Technology. Shortly before graduating, he abandoned these subjects, in order to study astronomy. Disenchanted by the abstract and one-dimensional approach to science, which was prevalent at the time, he gave up his university studies in 1922 and began to study art at the Warmbrunn School of Wood Carving in the Giant Mountains.
Between 1924 - 1927, he worked as a sculptor in his own studio on Lake Constance. At the same time, he also began to study anthroposophy intensively, which increasingly led him to search for the origins of his own art. His quest focused on '...the desire to find a way of thinking, the clarity of which does not freeze art to death, and become a truly creative artist out of a clearly perceived reason that is not shrouded in darkness and beyond human control.'(Paul Schatz)
Based on the same theme, he published his book 'A Quest of Art Based on the Strength of Perception'. (Published by the author, Constance, 1927)
In 1927, he and his wife Emmy Schatz-Witt moved to Dornach (Switzerland), where the artist, inventor and technician lived and worked until his death on 7 March 1979.
Paul Schatz always saw his development of new technical designs as part of his own work as an artist, in the sense of the Greek word 'techne'. His lifelong goal was to create a new technology that was in harmony with mankind and nature."