Special exhibition «Top of the Alps» - 2011/2012
Glacier Garden, Lucerne (Switzerland)
«Mountain summits within reaching distance and a deep abyss in front of your feet»tagesschau.sf.tv, November 10, 2011
«Since today Lucerne has one more attraction»fotointern.ch, November 10, 2011
Excerpt from a press release, November 2011:
The highlights in brief
The special exhibition, Top of the Alps, at Lucerne’s Glacier Garden is devoted to present-day panoramic photographs of glacier-covered mountains. The large-format, high-resolution images of the Alps have been taken by two pioneers of Alpine panoramic photography: Willi P. Burkhardt and Matthias Taugwalder from Buochs and Zermatt in Switzerland, respectively.
Top of the Alps in the context of the Glacier Garden
Since the Glacier Garden’s foundation in 1873, its themes and installations have been derived from the Alps and their natural wonders. In the museum’s outdoor area, impressive glacial potholes bear witness to the creative power of nature. Inside the museum building, examples of man’s desire to view Alpine landscapes in miniature can be seen: landscape reliefs that are unique worldwide and historic maps demonstrate the unfailing creativity of early cartographers. The special exhibition, Top of the Alps, is connecting with this tradition of serving a primeval need to get one’s bearings and gain an overview of one’s surroundings.
Walk-through panoramic rotundas form centrepieces of the exhibition
Central to the exhibition are seven large-format panoramic images of different (still) glacier-covered regions of the Alps. They were taken by the two renowned Swiss panoramic photographers, Willi P. Burkhardt and Matthias Taugwalder from Buochs and Zermatt in Switzerland, respectively. In three walk-through 360° rotundas of varying sizes, visitors find themselves in an exhilarating Alpine landscape in which looming summits, plunging precipices and high Alpine glaciers transport them to a world that is normally inaccessible to them to them.
The extraordinary resolution of these cutting-edge panoramic photographs can be experienced on a touchscreen computer: a black dot in the panoramic view is transformed into a mountain climber armed with pickaxe and crampon. Finally, visitors can marvel at the many panoramic cameras on display, representing around a hundred years of technological history!