a dominant body of Ehlenberger's art work is his interpretation of
a fantasy world of Venus. A lifelong work-in-progress, his Venusian
sculptures include multiple series of art works that explore the landscapes
as well as the flora and fauna of his imaginary world. Furthering
the evolution of his Venusian work, Ehlenberger also explores the
unusual art form of the diorama in which he combines sculptures of
different series to create life-size scenes of his luminous "Venusian
World" including a variety of "Venusian Gardens."
The culmination of this work is "The Venusian Gardens, A Fine Art
Gallery of Luminous Art and Sculpture," his new studio and gallery
in the recently renovated 150 year-old historic church in New Orleans.
The focus of this new gallery is a large scale Venusian Garden diorama
including more than a dozen Jellyfish suspended over a variety of
Venusian Swamp Gardens, Rock Gardens and other various flora of the
Venusian World. Photographs of the installation are coming very soon.
Central to the concept behind Ehlenberger's Venusian World, including
the Venusian Gardens and dioramas, is the system of interchangeable
components of the work. Ehlenberger's Venusian sculptures consist
of separate components that are interchangeable and therefore allow
for flexibility in design.
The neon tubes are wireless and are mounted in pyrex glass housings
that enable each neon tube to be easily replaced or exchanged within
any Venusian sculpture or garden. In addition, the glass components
of the flowers are also interchangeable. Finally, the bases that support
the sculptures and gardens are designed to allow for different components
and/or configuration of components so that each garden or component
of a garden can be easily changed without the need for tools or wiring.
As such, one may "pick a Venusian flower" in a garden and
place it in a new and different base thus allowing for personal customization
of the sculpture.