Leopold Banchini + Daniel Zamarbide (Bureau A)

Concrete with iron casting, wood.
Currently on display

Switzerland has a strong tradition of observing the Alps, living with them, hiding inside them. The awe and the anxiety that this monumental landscape appeals is reflected in the writings of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, one of the most important Swiss writers. His novel, ‘Derborence’, describes a massive rock fall that covered the pastures of the valley below in 1714. Antoine, the main character, survives seven weeks under the rocks before he manages to reach his village. The rock sculpture Antoine is a tribute to the alpine experience and to the writer as an alpine shelter, a precarious “Existenzminimum” where someone can freely enter and hide.

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