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Short-lived enchantments

Land art is where a landscape becomes the artist’s working environment. An extremely talented exponent of this artistic genre is the polygrapher, designer and globetrotter Ivo Moosberger. Four of his short-lived works have now been immortalized as special stamps.

Buttercup rings, Ticino

“A severe storm pelted my tent with heavy rain. During the intervals between the downpours, I scurried out of the tent, picked buttercups and arranged them into rings. My work was continually interrupted by rain, hail and lightning. I then returned to my tent, while outside the flowers were drenched by rain. On the third day, the sky finally cleared and the yellow buttercup rings shone in the morning sunshine.”

Passo Campolungo, Ticino

Willow rod spheres, Zug

“Right by the shore of the lake, I picked thin branches from a mighty willow tree. I weaved these rods together to make rings. I then intertwined the rings to form spheres and placed them on stones in the lake. They were continually soaked by waves in the water. Over time, the sodden green spheres were transformed into dry shapes.”

Lake Zug, Zug

Stone spiral, Uri

“After a cold and windy night, the Sun’s rays woke me up and melted the snow during the course of the morning. On a rock worn smooth by the glacier, I placed -rust-red stones to create a fossil-like shape. Marmots whistled in the distance.”

Beneath the Gross Windgällen, Uri

Stone arch, Graubünden

“I reached the top of the pass in the early evening. I built a stone arch in a natural pool. It kept on collapsing. My sodden feet became ice-cold, my back hurt and I swore at the top of my voice, cursing myself and the stones which wouldn’t support the arch properly. Then, after just under four hours, the small arch finally remained standing. Hungry, I started a fire, cooked rice with some mushrooms I’d collected and fell asleep exhausted.”

San Bernardino Pass, Graubünden

Jürg Freudiger

Ivo Moosberger was born in Zug in 1974. Even as a child, he was fascinated by the colours, shapes and patterns of nature. He also found inspiration in the changing of the seasons. To experience this as intensely as he could, he headed off into nature with a tent and rucksack at every opportunity. The polygrapher, artist and globetrotter feels compelled to seek fresh horizons at least every two years. He travels for months, taking only the most basic resources. He spends several days building each of his works of land art, all the while knowing that they will only have a short lifespan. His works are free from any kind of social pressure and have no material value, but are full of improvisational skill and creativity.

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