After having been on show in Venice, Istanbul and Valencia, Heinz Mack's nine steles, covered in golden mosaic, have been enchanting the residents and visitors of the Engadin since 10 December. «The sheer sensuality of the sense of sight,» is how an enthused Heinz Mack described the sensation on seeing the sculpture in the magic of the Engadin light set against the mountain backdrop at the unveiling of the nine steles, seven-and-a-half metres tall each, at Lake St. Moritz. Ever since, not a day passes by without passers-by taking photographs and videos of the sculpture and sharing them thousandfold through social media. Traditional media, too, have latched on to the story. Magazines, blogs and specialist press around the world have published reports on the exhibition in St. Moritz.
«When I saw the golden mosaics of the nine steles in the Engadine light for the first time, at the unveiling, I immediately knew the installation would be a major crowd-puller,» says a delighted Michael Beck of Beck & Eggeling Fine Art, the organiser of the sculpture's tour around Europe. «Segantini's famed light and the landscape are unique – on a sunny day, the sculpture will positively dissolve into light.»
The platform with the nine steles will be able to remain on the shores of Lake St. Moritz until this coming 17 April. «We are very pleased about the cooperation with the St. Moritz executive body; they have been very supportive and extended the permit for the exhibition until after Easter,» comments Michael Beck, and promises «Then, we will start dismantling the installation, and by the end of April, the meadow on the lake will look as if nothing had stood there before.»
It is yet to be announced where the sculpture will travel to next after having been in St. Moritz for four months. «We have received requests from very interesting locations, and, at the moment, we are evaluating the options,» reveals Michael Beck. The journey of this unusual giant structure to select locations around the world is an art project laid out for many years to come. It has been conceptualised and realised in collaboration by the Ralph Dommermuth Stiftung Kunst und Kultur and Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art.