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.
The motifs depict works of art located in different parts of Switzerland. They are all made of different materials, take a variety of forms and capture a range of moods.
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 owers were drenched by rain. On the third day, the skynally 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, Graubunden
“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 nally remained standing. Hungry, I started a re, cooked rice with some mushrooms I’d collected and fell asleep exhausted.”
San Bernardino Pass, Graubünden