Having seen plenty of pictures and read many reviews on Antony Gormley’s landscape installation Horizon Field, I was eager to get to Lech Zürs / Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg and witness the iron cast figures along the mountain path myself. As the cable car had not yet opened for the season we wound the steep road in our guide’s truck to the proud height of 2039 metres above sea level from where the idyllic Lech Zürs chalets looked like toy huts. And it was here at the cable car’s top station that the first Gormley figure appeared, the solid brown stature of a man stood rigid at the mountain edge.
Visiting Horizon Field is a surprisingly intense experience, with the grave and somewhat sombre statues spreading out before you in the gorgeous alpine landscape. And this blend of classic Austria and contemporary art does not restrict itself to the Alps alone, yet can also be found in the architecture and lifestyle of the local villages. Thus a trip to Schwarzenberg led us to the Werkraum Depot exhibition, the platform for modern furniture and objects produced in the Bregenzerwald. An interior designer’s dream, the unique yet useful pieces on display here are the best example of how the old and new sit comfortably alongside each other in the Austria of today. Anna
Tags: Hidden Treasures, Summer