Gauertaler AlpkulTour impressions
Gauertaler AlpkulTour overview map
01 The entrance gate “The entrance gate" - the trail begins! A small passage leads to the Gauertaler AlpkulTour.
02 Alpine myths “The myth tree” - the plate-shaped roots of the spruce tree reach toward the sky - and connect it with the “other world”. Traditional woodcarvings emphasise the secretive.
03 Water & pastures “The 1st hint” - the red arrow is not only conceived of as a turnstile! It draws attention to the source below - drinking water quality!
04 The lives of shepherds “The guardian” - he spreads his strong roots out like arms over the pasture.
05 Alpine pastures and tourism "Alpe Latschätz" - rustic idyllic huts and Montafon cheese specialties - “Sura Kees” is still made here in the traditional manner.
06 Forest aspirations “The 2nd hint” - forest aspirations are what make old buildings like this Barga, or barn, slowly disappear. Did you find the red arrow? It points out its presence before the forest closes over it completely.
07 Maisäß life “The risers” - welcome! Take a seat and let your gaze wander across the Gauertal. The three wood elements refer to the traditional 3-part agriculture: valley, Maisäß (traditional Alpine pasture land), high mountain pasture. We are at the part marked in red, the Maisäß.
08 Maisäß change “The coat rack” - time to change clothes! We will leave the Maisäß (traditional Alpine pasture land) used for agriculture and return (again) to the tourism region. That is: change out of your work clothes and into your leather pants - or dirndl!
09 Natural hazards “The avalanche trestle tree” - life in the mountains is hard! And “The avalanche trestle tree” is the unique sculpture that is not made from spruce wood, but instead, like real avalanche trestles, from very hard, resistant robinia wood.
10 Alpine history “The battle at Spora" - whether it is a myth or a fact, this place has history! Here on the valley floor, various objects from the late Bronze Age, the Roman era and the Middle Ages have been found during excavations, including a “Bauernwehr”, or peasant sword - the weapon of the simple people in the Middle Ages.
11 Alpinism "Lindauer Hütte" - there is also no sculpture at Lindauer Hütte - but there is a lot to discover. Enjoy regional hut delicacies and stock up on energy!
12 Living and working on the stofel “The cheese harp" - is a traditional tool in cheese making: it is used to split cheese curd. Today they are made from stainless steel, they used to be made from forked branches.
13 Alpine pastures & the hunt “The antler tree” - refers to the close and not always smooth relationship between hunters and the Alpine agriculture. The designation “hunters and gatherers” is an additional reference here - the antlers used here were collected by hunters; no animals were hunted for them.
“The idea of accompanying a themed hiking trail, located in my home, not with explanatory signposts but instead with sculptures, was fascinating to me from the very beginning. My artistic concept is now to use the objects to draw the attention of visitors to certain aspects of the Gauertaler AlpkulTour, to stimulate debate and perhaps to even irritate a little. This results in new ways to interpret and discuss the content explored here as well as artistic representations of the landscape.
With few exceptions, local spruce wood is the main component of the sculptures. This, along with the primary use of round wood, creates a continuity in terms of the dominant construction material in the Alpine cultural landscape. In addition, the unusual form given to wood in the context of the Gauertaler AlpkulTour challenges one’s associative powers.
There are now sculptures at 11 of 13 selected locations. Each sculpture focuses on a theme concerning the Montafon Alpine and Maisäß (traditional Alpine pasture land) culture. My brief explanations at the individual locations serve to provide better understanding, but are in no way intended to restrict your freedom of interpretation!”