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A Giant Ferris Wheel For My Friend Jeanne

The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel was built in the year 1897 to celebrate the 50th government anniversary of Emperor Frances Joseph I.

Planned by the British engineers Walter Basset and Harry Hitchins, it stayed property of Walter Basset until World War I. Only in 1916 was it confiscated because of the British citizenship of its owner. According to the existing documents, it was foreseen to take the Giant Ferries Wheel down, and it was saved only because funds were not sufficient for its destruction!

After the end of the war, the Jewish businessman Eduard Steiner bought the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel in an auction and ran it until his property was confiscated by the Nazi regime in 1938. Eduard Steiner was murdered in the KZ Auschwitz in 1944, on the same year the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel caught fire and was almost entirely destroyed.

Between 1945 and 1947, the Giant Ferris Wheel was rebuilt, but equipped only with half of the original thirty waggons.


Today, the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel allows its guests to experience a great panorama view from about 65 meters above the ground during a panorama tour on the Giant Ferris Wheel.


I created this detail of the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel for my friend Jeanne who lives in Chicago. She is fond of Vienna and visited this amazing town several times. I hope she doesn´t know this view…


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Taken on April 21, 2009