olaf breuning colorizes a mountainside for snow drawing
above image courtesy of stefan altenburger

 

 

 

using the form of the first tracks drawn by skiers as a source of visual influence, olaf breuning has transformed a snowy mountainside in gstaad, switzerland into a giant, colorful canvas. the swiss artist’s latest ephemeral work for ‘elevation1049‘ — a series of site-specific exhibitions set within the alpine landscape — gambles with the unpredictability and variability inherent in nature. using food coloring, breuning splashes and pours the liquid chroma onto the surface of snow, allowing it to slide and swivel down the sloping pathway. as the performance of ‘snow drawing’ takes place, vibrant belts of reds, blues, and yellows materialize on the pure white plane, ever-evolving as weather patterns and climate affect its overall aesthetic. the artwork will be on view to the public from now until march 8th, 2014.

olaf breuning paints a mountain for snow drawing
image courtesy of olaf breuning

olaf breuning paints a mountain for snow drawing
image courtesy of stefan altenburger

olaf breuning paints a mountain for snow drawing
image courtesy of stefan altenburger

olaf breuning paints a mountain for snow drawing   
image courtesy of stefan altenburger

olaf breuning paints a mountain for snow drawing
image courtesy of olaf breuning

olaf breuning paints a mountain for snow drawing
images courtesy of stefan altenburger