Mirage Gstaad – A Chalet of Mirrors by Doug Aitken

Mirage Gstaad - A Chalet of Mirrors by Doug Aitken

Photo by Stefan Altenburger, courtesy of Doug Aitken

Mirage Gstaad – A Chalet of Mirrors

by Doug Aitken

Site Specific Land Art by Doug Aitken

                 Photo credit Torvioll Jashari, courtesy of Doug Aitken

If you’re travelling to the town of Gstaad in the Swiss Alps any time soon, you should look out for a new art installation in the form of a very special chalet. The Mirage Gsaad is the latest piece of work by artist Doug Aitken and it’s unique in that its appearance changes all the time according to the weather. Like a chameleon, it blends in completely with its surroundings but at the same time gives off a certain aura, a certain light. Set amongst the mountains and evergreen trees it looks totally natural as a reflection of its beautiful surroundings. Inside there are mirrored walls and a mirrored ceiling to create further illusions.

Modelled on an early 20th Californian ranch home which was inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright it reflects traditions from both the America and Europe.

Gstaad is actually the chalet’s third location as it was previously located in the Palm Springs desert in 2017, then in 2018 it was situated inside an old bank in Detroit. However, this time the structure will stay in the Alps for two years. So if you get a chance to go to Gstaad, do take a look!

It forms part of theELEVATION 1049: Frequencies” exhibition which opened on 1st February.

For more information please visit the website here. 

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