Snow Painting, Illuminated Trees, Films in Caves and More Cool Art

GSTAAD, Switzerland – The otherwise quiet Swiss ski station of Gstaad is back in the news for its public works of art.

Elevation 1049 are a series of very cool, site-specific, outdoor exhibits by 26 Swiss artists that include films in caves, coloring snow and laser light displays.

The free public exhibit  gathers prolific Swiss artists -most of them residing abroad- and their interpretation of “above and below” as in land and sky or heaven and hell.

The art works have been placed at various altitudes and settings in, below and above Gstaad (see map below).

Elevation 1049

A few of the exhibits are static, others are interactive or performance art.

Olaf Breuning for example colors snow from 10:00 to 12:00 daily in Gstaad.

Olaf Breuning- Snow Drawing Stefan Alterurger
Olaf Breuning – Snow Drawing, Photo by Stefan Altenburger

The exhibit includes films broadcast in buses, ski lifts and other public spaces.

Such is the case of  Not Vital  who travels the world and lives part of the year in the Chilean Patagonian.


Other short films are broadcast underground or in caves such as Matthias Brunner’s exhibit: “The magic world of the mountains in the films of Daniel Schmid.”

The magic world of the mountains in the films of Daniel Schmid Stegan Altenburger Gstaad

The magic world of the mountains in the films of Daniel Schmid Stegan Altenburger Gstaad2
Photos by Stefan Altenburger

One of the coolest things is that you will find works of art in unexpected places.

Illuminated tree by John Armleder, Stefan Altenburger
Illuminated tree by John Armleder – Photo Stefan Altenburger

Gianni Motti; Untitled, 2014 - Photo Stefan Altenburger
Gianni Motti; Untitled, 2014 – Photo Stefan Altenburger

Sylvie Fleury; Space Cannon and Sheets, 2014 - Photo Stefan Altenburger
Sylvie Fleury; Space Cannon and Sheets, 2014 – Photo Stefan Altenburger

According to organizers, the last two decades have been witness to an “efflorescence of Swiss art unlike any since Dada,” with the number of Swiss contemporary artists surpassing the number of those in France, Spain and Italy combined.

Check the Elevation 1049 website for schedules and more details.


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