a different way to see Swiss Alps
The Mirage Gstaad is the latest piece of work by the American artist Doug Aitken and it’s unique in that its appearance changes all the time according to the weather.
It's form, the one of a ranch-style suburban American house of 20s-30s, is entirely composed of reflective mirrored surfaces.
In its lines is reflected the landscape that surrounds it, in this case, the protagonists are the mountains of Gstaad, Switzerland. The structure will remain in its mountain location for two years, reflecting and interacting with the mountain landscape over the changing seasons.
MIRAGE is reconfigured as an architectural idea: this minimal structure now functions entirely in response to the landscape around it. The windows, doors, and openings have been removed to create a fluid relationship with the surrounding environment.
During the winter season, it's a whiteout, covered in a blanket of snow. In this Alpine location, the artist relies on natural light and changing weather to illuminate the piece.
The structure is free to visit, in fact it has an open door to let visitors came in. Not only the outside but also in the Inside there are mirrored walls and a mirrored ceiling to create further illusions: a kaleidoscopic refracted effect is given on entering the house.
There is no fixed perspective or correct interpretation. Each experience of this living artwork will be unique.
The installation forms part of Frequencies, a site-specific set of art performances that run from 1 to 3 February 2019 in Gstaad, curated by Neville Wakefield and Olympia Scarry
Photography by: Stefan Altenburger