The Compass is a sculptural landmark, designed and built by Nicolas Büchi and Joos Caviezel. During Summer 2023 it stood some 2300 meters high above sea level, pointing not northwards, but towards the Crap Sogn Gion, the epicenter and birthplace of freestyle culture in LAAX. It can equally be understood as a modern art sculpture as well as an obstacle to skate on. Contrasting the nature of the Swiss Alps with its distorted, almost comicesque shape it evokes curiosity among skateboarders as well as the average hiking mountaineer. The wooden structure is made solely of upcycled materials and can also be regarded as prototype, which served as study subject to gather feedback and create visual imagery in order to demonstrate the potential of an exchange about design in an alpine region. Wether or not it makes sense to build such sculptures on mountaintops is subject to discussion, but that's exactly what we're interested in... The exhibition at Riders Hotel invites you to participate in this discussion and show a mix between art installation, project-documentation and future visions.
Join us for the vernissage of the first "LAAX Monuments" exhibition on Saturday December 9th.
We'll exhibit "The Compass" at our Art Space, along with a film playing continuously from 20.00
Entry is free, so swing by!
Can't make it to the vernissage on December 9th?
No worries. The Compass will stay at Rider's Art Space until Sunday January 13th.
We'll also play the film each Thursday between 19.00 and 20.00.