ART & EYEWEAR: STEIMANDLI
Standing out in the mountainous area of Andermatt in Switzerland is Steimandli: the new sculpture by Ugo Rondinone is a landmark for the region. I explore the art & breathtaking beauty with Götti Switzerland.
In front of Steinmandli by Ugo Rondinone. The impressive scenery of Andermatt is in the background.
The pulsing region of Andermatt coupled with an iconic STEIMANDLI artwork of Ugo Rondinone caught my attention for further exploration.
The region is currently going through fascinating developments. As such it is slowly but steadily developing into an international tourism destination.
On a sunny day we made our way by from Zurich. Wearing my rimless Perspective sunglasses by Götti Switzerland & with several bottles of water, we made our way to Andermatt. The drive from Zurich is swift, passing the lakes of Zug as well as Vierwaldstädter See/ Lake Luzern, before entering the breathtaking rocky area of Andermatt. One of the entrepreneurs actively involved is Mr Samih Sawiris, who has actively invested in the region.
The nature is pristine..
Ugo Rondinone`s new artwork belongs to the series Human Nature, and is built out of stone. It shall symbolise the impressive development of the Andermatt region as an international holiday destination.
Having seen the sculpture only on several pictures, I was astonished by its size. It is over 7 meters high and is placed in a roundabout before entering Andermatt.
I personally think it fits greatly the breathtaking views of the region, showing the diversity of cultures in the Urserental: combining Swiss with international cultures, old with new (norms & traditions), as well as drawing parallels of humans to the impressive & unique rocky landscape of the region.
A pair of sunglasses was certainly an important factor of the exploration to the Swiss Alps: Götti Switzerland`s rimless sunglasses fit perfectly the minimalistic, powerful as well as art related characteristics of the project.
The Red Dot design winning brand manufactures everything by hand, and counts art powers such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, as its ambassadors. I am wearing the rimless round Perspective glass in black which come in a beautiful packaging by artist Bruno Bischof.
Not only it fits my face impeccably, but I share the same values with the brand which are minimalistic, innovative and design oriented. Also, they are made of titanium and are super light & comfy to wear, while hand-made in Switzerland.
Ugo Rondinone is no stranger to the international art scene. The Swiss-born artist (Brunnen/SZ) has been developing polymorphic work (sculpture, installation, painting, photography and video) since the mid-1980s. His work is focused on human beings, their psyche and their emotions. What is more, his artworks are influenced by art history, land art, literature, theatre or music and also to popular culture. I have repeatedly shared some of his artworks around the world on my Instagram.
How to get to Andermatt: http://www.andermatt-swissalps.ch/en/experiencing-andermatt/andermatt-holiday-region/travelling-to-andermatt.
My tip: You can easily park your car at Gotthardstrasse close to the sculpture where there is plenty of parking space.
Götti PERSPECTIVE Series: https://gotti.ch/de/collections/goetti-perspective
Take care & write to you soon.
P.S. Special thanks to Michelle & Caroline, NEUTRAL Zurich