Duration: 13:30 – 18:00
Group size: 35 persons
Languages: German | English
Category: Guided hike
Location: Oberlech | Kriegeralpe | Tannegg
Means of transport: Cable car
“Horizon Field” was the name Antony Gormley gave to his land art project which he realised in cooperation with Kunsthaus Bregenz. The British artist mounted 100 life-size casts of a human body, made of massive cast iron, at precisely 2,039 m above sea level in the Bregenzerwald and on the Arlberg. A private association named “Horizon Field” was founded in 2012 with the aim of preserving of Austria’s largest artistic and landscape installation. Unfortunately the project never materialised. Board member Marcell Strolz, who was responsible for identifying the sites and for the logistics of mounting Antony Gormley‘s 100 iron men at the time, shows us the only sculpture which has been preserved in Oberlech. Moreover, we will most likely to join him on a walk to the planned new Skyspace Lech.
We take the revamped cable car to Oberlech and, from there, start our hike to Kriegeralpe, where we will encounter the only remaining iron man. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where do we go from here? The “Horizon Field” art project revolved around these very questions. With his landscape installation, sculptor Antony Gormley asked whether or not humankind as a species would take part in the further development of life on planet Earth.
On this hike tracing the footsteps of “Horizon Field”, Marcell Strolz shares with us his experience with this art project in the high alps. Born into a Lech family of hotelkeepers, Strolz is a project developer for biomass heating plants. He also played an active role in the local avalanche-protection commission. Together with his colleagues from the “Horizon Field” association he would have loved to preserve Antony Gormley’s iron men forever. As this could not be achieved, the association decided to realise a new project with an internationally renowned contemporary artist. If everything goes according to plan, the Skyspace Lech, designed by the US-American artist James Turrell, will be opened in early summer 2017.
In this light room, natural and artificial light as well as colour and space are to meet in a fascinating manner. Its panoramic location in the high alps and the special conceptual design will make the Skyspace Lech unique. James Turrell’s concept features an underground structure which blends sensibly with the natural surroundings. James Turrell wants to demonstrate how we perceive the world. He defines his artistic approach by the credo of “seeing yourself seeing“ which is linked to a deep understanding of natural living spaces and the natural landscape.