Anton Aicher was born 1859 in a small village in Southern Styria. His talent for carving was recognized at an early age and he was sent to study with a well known maker of altar-pieces. Later he was enrolled in the Kunstakademie in Vienna. The young sculptor and graduate makes his way to Salzburg as a teacher of sculpting at the State Technical School. His interest in figures-in-motion leads Anton Aicher to Munich to one of the masters of puppetry, Papa Schmid. The foundation stone is laid. Aicher begins to carve small heads, to create entire figures. Rosa Aicher, his wife, sews the costumes, and on 27 February 1913, with Mozarts youthful opera Bastien and Bastienne, “Prof. Anton Aicher’s Artist Marionette Theatre” gives its first public performance.