Photo by Stefan Altenburger, courtesy of Doug Aitken
Mirage Gstaad – A Chalet of Mirrors
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 Gstaad is the latest piece of work by artist Doug Aitkenand 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. See our photos here.
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!
We visited in the Summer and you can see all our photos Le Mirage here.
It forms part of the“ELEVATION 1049: Frequencies” exhibition which opened on 1st February 2020 and will be in place until 5th April 2021.
*** Please note the date keeps getting extended – so do check with the Tourism Board for the latest news ***
For more information please visit the website here.