Christian Prugger lives in the house for seniors. The pensioner, who comes from Bad Schallerbach, is not only a resident there, but in a sense also the organizer of an exhibition that he will help to design. The now 64-year-old has been building models of ships and vehicles since he was eight years old. Prugger’s collection can be admired publicly for the first time on Saturday in the foyer of his new residence (Saturday, January 20th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
As a child, the man from Schallerbach built his first trains with his father, and at the age of 14 he constructed his first remote-controlled ship model. Over the course of his life, many more models were to follow – all functional, as Prugger proudly emphasizes.
The exhibits are between 50 and 70 centimeters tall and are mostly made of ABS panels. The nursing home resident processes the raw material with leaf saws, box saws and iron saws. The man from Schallerbach chose the path of an electrician as a career. At first he wanted to become a nurse, but diabetes put an abrupt end to this wish. However, as an electrician, he was able to refine his models to perfection.
Christian Prugger and his father worked on models until old age. At the age of 86, Prugger senior died in his son’s arms. The father-son team’s masterpiece is a model railway that the two worked on between 1975 and 2018. Every single day, Prugger traveled on his bicycle between his former home in Eferding and the location of the railway in Fraham, where it was located in his brother-in-law’s covered garage. He expanded his work of art every day.
Because he lost access to his life’s work in his new home, a solution to this problem was sought. The models that were previously with his brother will be moved to Prugger’s room after the exhibition. (fam)
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