Spectacular sight in the Alps, This Chalet blends in with the landscape

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It is winter hikers are irritated by the wayside: On the snowy trail between the villages of Schönried and Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland, a mirror house since the beginning of February. This is not a typical Chalet, but a work of art.

The Installation with the title “Mirage Gstaad” is a work of the Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken. All external pages are up on the floor with Mirrors, which reflect the surrounding landscape. His walk-in structure has already been issued in 2017 in a very different environment: in the as sonara desert in Palm Springs.

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“Because all the surfaces are mirror-finished, absorbed, and reflected by the sculpture and the surrounding landscape so that it seems like a waste of walls to their Appearance and go to one side and into the interior of the Viewer in a never-ending kaleidoscope of light and reflections”, statement at the opening of the third winter edition of the “Elevation 1049: Frequencies stated in the press”.

in addition to the short-lived actions and exhibitions, which were held on the first weekend in February, instead, remains “Mirage Gstaad” in contrast, over many months.

By the reflection surfaces and the snow is integrated into the “ranch-like structure” well in the landscape, but the design is contrasted to the surrounding Chalets and “architecturally as a modern Version of ‘Manifest Destiny’, the migration movement to the West, beginning in Europe and eventually in California ended.” We may be curious how in the façade, the spring and summer landscapes reflect.

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The place Gstaad tent games in the international art scene through music festivals such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Les Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, for decades, been a term. In the recent past in particular contemporary art is given more space at an altitude of 1049 meters above sea level – the title of “Elevation 1049”.

sources: www.elevation1049.org and www.gstaad.ch

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