Unintentional Land Art

“Wer Augen hat zu sehen” – whoever has the eyes to see


A few days ago, I opened an exhibition with five photographs of unintentional Land Art captured in Safiental. The show is in the artificial space created by the installation “A Hole in the Alps” near the former cheese dairy in Tenna during the Biennale Art Safiental 2018.

A video by the Swisss public broadcaster SRF about the Biennale Art Safiental 2018 (in German)

The following pictures are part of the show in the Hole: Continue reading “Unintentional Land Art”

Unbeabsichtigte Land Art

“Wer Augen hat zu sehen”


Seit wenigen Tagen zeige ich fünf Bilder von unbeabsichtigter Land Art im künstlichen Raum, der geschaffen wurde mit der Installation “A Hole in the Alps” bei der ehemaligen Sennerei in Tenna im Rahmen der Biennale Art Safiental 2018.

Ein Videobeitrag des Fernsehen SRF zur Biennale Art Safiental 2018

Folgende Bilder sind Teil der Ausstellung im Loch: Continue reading “Unbeabsichtigte Land Art”

Street Photography

Capturing the Moment

The Fountain of Enlightenment (2013). (photo credit: Daniel Comte)

Daniel Comte from Zürich has dedicated his life work as a photographer to street photography. At the age of 50, he received the diagnosis “Alzheimer” – a State in which the entire life seems to exist of Moments, because the memories become more and more difficult to access. Daniel has tried, with the help of his son Anatole, to talk about that experience in a Swiss TV interview (in German).

Yesterday, I had to opportunity to wait at one of the Locations of one of Daniel Compte’s well-known shots. I took the chance to capture the moment. Of course, I have used the camera on my smartphone to recapture the scene at the fountain. Daniel Comte, of course, always carries professional camera equipment.

In honour of Daniel and his work, I have edited the picture with use of the software on the same phone, to recreate the mood of Daniel Comte’s black and white images



Street Photography

Das Flüchtige festhalten

The Fountain of Entlightenment (2013). (photo credit: Daniel Comte)

Daniel Comte aus Zürich hat sein Lebenswerk als Photograph dem Festhalten des Flüchtigen gewidmet. Im Alter von 50 Jahren erhielt er dann die Diagnose “Alzheimer” – ein Zustand, in dem das ganze Leben flüchtig wird, weil die Erinnerungen immer schwieriger abrufbar werden. Daniel hat mit Unterstützung seines Sohnes Anatole versucht, im Fernsehinterview dazu Stellung zu nehmen.

Gestern hatte ich die Gelegenheit, an einem der Standorte einer solchen Street Photography in Zürich zu warten, und den Moment ebenfalls fest zu halten. Natürlich habe ich das Flüchtige am selben Ort mit der Handycamera geknipst. Im Unterschied zu Daniel Comte, der mit professioneller Kameraausrüstung unterwegs ist.

Zu Ehren von Daniel und seinem Werk habe ich das Bild dann mit Hilfe von Software auf dem Mobiltelefon so bearbeitet, dass das Bild an die Stimmung der Bilder von Daniel Comte erinnert.



Eye Catching Art with a Message

ungewöhnliches Kunsthandwerk mit einer Botschaft


Please, watch this short documentary about the art work of a friend of mine in the United States: “Eye Catching Art with a Message” documentary.
Dieser Doku Film ist über die Arbeit einer guten Bekannten von mir in den Vereinigten Staaten, die ihre Lebenserfahrung als Pflegefachperson am Rande der Gesellschaft nun ausdrückt in Skulpturen und Bildern. Leider nur auf Englisch.
The award-winning news anchor, Steve Long, from KEVN – Black Hills Fox television, gently introduces Yoko Sugawara and her unusual art work.
Yoko has been painting for many years. She started with Japanese calligraphy and drawing, then expanded her repertoire to include Western art forms and themes from her professional and volunteer nursing work of her first station in the US. Deeply compassionate about social justice, based on her lived experience in Pine Ridge Reservation, her next series of painted works is titled Shadows and Lights.
About ten years ago, Yoko spent much time exploring a new medium to express herself: ceramic art. As with her paintings, her sculptures and installations are deeply influenced by her life experiences, as well as by her compassionate service (i.e. as a nurse with Doctors without Borders, or during the recovery from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown).
I have had the opportunity to model for this under-appreciated artist.
Yoko says, that she was told many times to produce still life paintings or landscapes in order to make a living from her art work. But she remains committed to her message: “Through the journey of self-reflection, I want to foster the courage to embrace ourselves the way we are. My art mirrors the complexity of the human condition. Empathy that I cultivated as a nurse helps me perceive situations with deeper understanding. New concepts for my creations often emerge through these perceptions and insights.”
Her work is deeply personal, and yet universal. And still, she accepts no compromise for the sake of achieving commercial success.

Tree of Life – Der Lebensbaum

Tree of Life1

Vor vielen Jahren, als junger Mann, sah ich auf einem Markt für Kunsthandwerker eine Keramikskulptur die mich sofort ansprach: Der Lebensbaum.

(for an English translation, see below) Continue reading “Tree of Life – Der Lebensbaum”

Adventsfenster Tenna 2016

(photo credit: Walter Kessler)

Here is our village-sized advent calendar: Every year the people of Tenna and some businesses decorate 24 windows that will be illuminated at night. It is a beautiful tradition to stroll through the village in the winter evenings to go and see the many creative works. In the gallery below, click on the images to see a larger format.

Last year’s edition of the advent calendar can be viewed here: Adventsfenster Tenna 2015. And next year’s edition will be featured here: Adventsfenster Tenna 2017

Die Landfrauen von Tenna laden alle Bewohner und Gäste wie jedes Jahr ein, sich auf einem stimmungsvollen Adventsspaziergang an den vielen Adventsfenstern im Dorf und den Fraktionen zu erfreuen. In der unterstehenden Galerie, klick auf die Bilder um sie grösser zu sehen.


Wish you were here…

Riesen-Wünschelrute – Land Art Installation in Tenna als Teil von Art Safiental von Penelope Richardson. Die Künstlerin hat den Birkenstamm als Totholz in der Rheinschlucht bei Versam gesammelt und nach Tenna gebracht. Dort hat sie den Stamm bearbeitet und mit Neon Farbe besprüht und auf einem Hügel, inmitten einer Blumenwiese, platziert damit dieser hier Wünsche sammeln kann.

Penelope Richardson kommt aus Australien und lebt in Deutschland. Sie war Teilnehmerin der Alp Arts Academy, die vom 26.6. – 2.7.2016 in Tenna statt fand. Ihr Titel für das Werk ist “Ich wünsche ich wäre dort”. Die Ausstellung von verschiedensten Werken im ganzen Safiental dauert noch bis am 16. Oktober 2016.

“My giant wishing pole is made out of wood collected from the Rheinschlucht below Versam and transported to Tenna. It is placed in the earth looking up to the skies on a hill full of wild flowers and herbs and is waiting to collect wishes.
I invite people to take a short walk to the wishing pole to experience the details in the landscape, and the quiet majesty at the top. It is possible to put your hand on the work and make a wish.

Birch wood from Rheinschlucht painted with red neon spot colour, 260 cm high  x 20 cm diameter.” Penelope Richardson (artsafiental.ch)

Penelope Richardson is an artist from Australia, living in Germany. She was participating in the Alp Arts Academy, happening in Tenna from June 26 to July 2, 2016. Her title for the installation is “I wish I was there”. The exhibition of a variety of works spread out across the entire Safien Valley will remain until October 16, 2016.

“I name you Samuel” (+de)

(c) 2001, Athabasca Witschi

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En route – von Werthenstein nach Luzern

En route – Brustem to Tongeren (Belgium)

Turbocharged with the cherry juice from the orchards of my hosts (Cherryfarm Bakkershof in Brustem) and the memories of the eccentric gifts of the historic Christina, who was born in this very place, I set out into a warm and grey mid-winter day. 13 degrees Celsius, I need to dress down significantly!

The showers were frequent throughout the day. As I walked along the trail, I started to understand why the oldest settlements were in locations that we would call ‘holes’: These depressions are a natural protection from the strong winds that happen to blow frequently in this flat landscape. If it weren’t for the many groves and rows of sheltering trees, it would feel like on the islands in the Canadian Arctic.

Today’s journey took me along the old Roman overland trail from Kassel to the coast of the English Channel (to Bavay, France). The trail does not look any different from the majority of agricultural roads in the area. Within minutes, I was walking by a Gallo-Roman or Celtic burial mound of sizeable proportions. Continue reading “En route – Brustem to Tongeren (Belgium)”

En route – Antwerpen to Brustem

This morning, I have left Antwerp by train. The beautiful weather from yesterday is gone, replaced by the one that I would have expected for this region and this time of the year: A rainy grey, but at least not freezing.

It was good to get on the train, to put some distance to the port and the city. And the landscape changed slowly, from the urban to the industrial, from the commercial to the suburban, then fields and forest, creeks and towns. I feel better in these more rural settings. Although Antwerp did not strike me as extremely loud in term of ubiquitous advertising and commercial overstimulation, I was able to feel that hollowness of the commercialized city life.

Who is Who in Leuven - the extravagant Gothic town hall
Who is Who in Leuven – the extravagant Gothic town hall

Now I sit in a side chapel in the gigantic cathedral of Leuwen. Continue reading “En route – Antwerpen to Brustem”