Verein Skulpturenweg Vättis


Annegret Kalvelage, Artist in Residence
Erika Diserens and Gerda Ritzmann, Artist in Residence
Thomas Rappaport, Artist in Residence
Martina Sens, Artist in Residence
Peter Gebhard, Artist in Residence
In August 2017 fifteen artists from Switzerland and beyond participated in the project "Künstler am Wasser Vättis 2017" (artists near water vättis 2017).
Karl Ciesluk visited Vättis as artist in residence.
Several art projects have been planned, one was realized. A highlight was the invitation for a speech at the 3rd World Sculpture Conference in Changchun, China. Our 10th publication ("Vättner Anzeiger") has published an article about the event.
A common label for all the art projects has been developped, signs to all the projects have been installed.
Several art projects were realized (2 short lived projects and a permanent one). All freely accessible projects in the landscape around Vättis.
On 8 August 2009 the Vaettis Sculpture Path was opened by Kantonsrätin Frau Heidi Hanselmann. Its twelve different stone sculptures were created especially for the alpine setting of this spot by individual artists invited from around the world. The sculpture path begins very near the village and is always open, so the sculptures can now be enjoyed by visitors all year round.
The traditional national holiday on the 1st of August was complemented with a fire sculpture "Die Schweiz als Feuerball" (Switzerland as a ball of fire) by KUSPI(Kurt Spirig, artist from Widnau, CH). More than 300 spectators enjoyed the show
The stone sculpture symposium organised by the Association began on 19 July 2009, and was opened by Mayor Otto Bonderer. The Alpenhorn Group Brangis welcomed the twelve international artists to Vaettis, and many villagers joined in the celebrations. During the three weeks of the symposium at Aslätscha, Vättis, CH, it drew more than 1500 visitors to view "work in progress" along the sculpture path itself. A parallel evening programme attracted some 800 people, while a further 250 came to the exhibition in the local museum, despite its being open only a few hours daily. The presence of twelve international sculptors whose creations ornament a freely accessible sculpture path also resulted in a collection of photographs (which may be viewed on this website), a video and a book (to be published in 2010) and many pleasant memories for all. Not least the local people themselves, whose generosity and hospitality supported the organisers and artists alike throughout the symposium.
The symposium met with an unexpectedly large interest also among locals and was activly supported by many
Flyer of the symposium (pdf)
The association "Skulpturenweg Vättis" was founded in 2008 by Gyelt Tuinstra and Andrea Weise, both living in Vättis.