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Mirage: Doug Aitken’s Mirrored House Creates a Kaleidoscopic View of the Surrounding Swiss Mountains

3 de março, 2019 0 Por Artes & contextos
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Imagem em destaque – Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019, Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland. Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Stefan Altenburger.


For this year’s Elevation 1049, a series of site-specific installations dotting the mountain town of Gstaad, Switzerland, the chosen theme is “Frequencies.” In response, Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken (previously) installed a house-shaped structure made almost entirely of mirrored surfaces that reflect the mountains, skies, and trees. Aptly named Mirage Gstaad after the region and its optical effect, the ranch-style structure echoes the snow-covered landscape while also disappearing into the surrounding environment. The structure’s angled walls and ceiling easily bounce light, which creates a kaleidoscopic view of the area’s mountain peaks when seen from within.

Mirage: Doug Aitken’s Mirrored House Creates a Kaleidoscopic View of the Surrounding Swiss Mountains Artes & contextos LUF AITKEN Doug 190129 0064 Stefan Altenburger

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019, Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland. Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Stefan Altenburger.

The materials for the structure were sourced locally and transported by truck to the site back in November before the snow season began. Aitken and his team tell Colossal that the location and materials were chosen in collaboration with local authorities to “be conscious of environmental issues, such as the fritting (the aluminium stripes) that were added to the reflective surface for the safety of birds.”

Mirage: Doug Aitken’s Mirrored House Creates a Kaleidoscopic View of the Surrounding Swiss Mountains Artes & contextos LUF AITKEN Doug 190129 0052 Stefan Altenburger

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019, Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland. Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Stefan Altenburger.

Having launched alongside the program at the beginning of February 2019, Aitken’s structure will continue to reflect the changing landscape of Gstaad for the next two years. Admission to the mirage and other Elevation 1049 installations is free. For locations and directions head to the project website, and for more of Doug Aitken’s work, follow his studio on Instagram. (via designboom)

Mirage: Doug Aitken’s Mirrored House Creates a Kaleidoscopic View of the Surrounding Swiss Mountains Artes & contextos LUF AITKEN Doug 190129 0015 Stefan Altenburger

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019, Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland. Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Stefan Altenburger.

Mirage: Doug Aitken’s Mirrored House Creates a Kaleidoscopic View of the Surrounding Swiss Mountains Artes & contextos LUF AITKEN Doug 190129 0051 Stefan Altenburger

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019, Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland. Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Stefan Altenburger.

Mirage: Doug Aitken’s Mirrored House Creates a Kaleidoscopic View of the Surrounding Swiss Mountains Artes & contextos TJ Elevation 1049 2389 photo Torvioll Jashari

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019, Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland.
 Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Torvioll Jashari.

Mirage: Doug Aitken’s Mirrored House Creates a Kaleidoscopic View of the Surrounding Swiss Mountains Artes & contextos TJ Elevation 1049 2429 photo Torvioll Jashari

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019, Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland. Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Torvioll Jashari.

Mirage: Doug Aitken’s Mirrored House Creates a Kaleidoscopic View of the Surrounding Swiss Mountains Artes & contextos TJ Elevation 1049 2461 S2  photo Torvioll Jashari

Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, 2019, Part of Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland. Image courtesy of the Artist; Photo by Torvioll Jashari.

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