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THE SKY OVER NINE COLUMNS

The sculpture named «The Sky Over Nine Columns», was created by the German artist Heinz Mack and has been put on display in St. Moritz. Several hundred guests attended the unveiling ceremony of the nine golden steles on the shore of the beautiful Lake St. Moritz; the unveiling of the steles was accompanied by the world premiere of the musical composition «The Sky Over Nine Trumpets» by Bernd Franke.
The composition, which was performed by nine trumpeters, is a modern interpretation of baroque sounds. «I was fascinated by the ceremony in the soft afternoon light, and I was very pleased with the debut performance of my composition,» said Bernd Franke.
St. Moritz is not only known for been a global and glamorous destination but also for it’s pictorial landscapes. You have the unique possibility to visit The giant sculpture until March – the current exhibition is one of the stops on the installation's journey through Europe.
«The colossal natural setting of the Engadin valley shows the sculpture to its best advantage,» said Ralph Dommermuth at the opening of the exhibition. «The nine golden columns will fascinate the people in the Engadin at any time of the day — and night, thanks to the lighting,» he adds.
The ‹Stiftung Ralph Dommermuth Kunst und Kultur› is sending off Heinz Mack's work of art on a journey across Europe. The sculpture by the German artist consists of nine, square-shaped steles that soar up seven-and-a-half meters and have a footprint of 14 by 19 meters. The work of art was exhibited on the occasion of the Biennale in Venice in 2014, as well as in the sculpture park of the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul and at the Ciutat de les Arts e Ciències in Valencia. It is the first time it is displayed in a natural setting.And what better place to do that than in St.Moritz.

«The sheer sensuality of the sense of sight»
«That is exactly how I had always envisaged it,» says the enthused artist Heinz Mack (85). «The unique and intensive light of the Engadine lets the sculpture shine so brightly that it all but dissolves itself into light and is no longer perceived as a material sculpture. The nine steles turn into objects that radiate their very own energy. It is the sheer sensuality of the sense of sight.» Heinz Mack
The sun set behind the Engadin mountains shortly after the unveiling. The clear-cut geometrical shapes of the golden steles shone in the evening light and presented a sharp contrast with the natural surroundings of pine woods, snow-covered meadows and the Lake St. Moritz against the spectacular mountain backdrop. Viewers can look forward to the fascinating visual transformation of the sculpture as its 850,000 light-reflecting gold leaf tesserae create different moods with the changing lights throughout the day.
The installation is located just outside of St. Moritz, off the footpath around the lake. It can only be reached on foot. The footpath is very popular. Hence, the sculpture «The Sky Over Nine Columns» is set to become one of the major attractions of the coming winter.
The journey of this exceptional giant sculpture to select locations around the world is an art project laid out for many years to come. Art should not be only disposed in a museum and can only be seen by selected guests. The idea behind this project is that everybody should have the possibility to see art.
It has been conceptualised and realised in collaboration by the Ralph Dommermuth Stiftung Kunst und Kultur and Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art. «The Engadin light, which is second to none and already had Giovanni Segantini go into raptures, makes the golden mosaics shine brighter than elsewhere,» said Beck & Eggeling's Michael Beck. "The sculpture will remain on display on the shores of Lake St. Moritz until spring. It is as yet undecided where the sculpture will travel to next after St. Moritz", snow, said the gallery co-owner.

THE SKY OVER NINE TRUMPETS BY BERND FRANKE

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