The Pontresina Art-Ways 2018

On February 15th 2019, the exhibition Kunstwege | Vias d'art Pontresina has closed. The 5th Winter Triennale has beenadvertised as an International Contest for Contemporary Snow Art and is aimed at professional teams from around the world. The exhibition organizers of Pontresina Cultura take a look back at an innovative and significant art project, this time in urban space, on Via Maistra.

The winners of the International Snow Art Contest Pontresina 2018 | 19

1st place: “A Place to Grow" Team Kaeppeli, SUI (Preis des HGV Pontresina)

2nd place: " Folded" Team Agrawal, Subzero;  GER

3rd place: "Settler" Team Pedersen, DEN and "Petites Fugues" Team Gallo, Snowprint, SUI

Audience Jury: The leaf of time, Team Chilcott SWE 



The Triennale 'Kunstwege | Vias d'art Pontresina ', international competition for snow-ART, was held this winter in the village, which met with great approval and attention from the audience. The 5th edition had the theme "Urban Elements". From the applications from all over Europe the expert jury selected 9 teams with their projects. The aim of combining traditional sculpture with statements of modern art in order to contribute to a qualitative and innovative goal has been achieved by most teams with a high level of craftsmanship.

The quality of the work in detail and in width could be increased in 2018. The shown snowART set standards in terms of content and quality this winter. Some of the award winners showed innovative artistic approaches to conceptual design and lighting technology.

The Culturel Committee Pontresina thanks the numerous actors who contributed to the success of the Kunstwege | Vias d'art 2018/19. First, we thank artists from all over the world and their helpers for their great commitment and work. We thank the political decision makers of the cantons, the region and the community, our public financiers, private sponsors, benefactors and service sponsors who support this project every three years.


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The topic "Urban Elements"

The public space is usually staked out by the constraints of traffic engineers, architecture and homeland security. In smaller communities, the active design of public space is often a side-show.Pontresina - idyllically situated in a unique landscape, is a conglomeration of magnificent hotel palaces, old buildings in the form of Engadine houses and functional architecture, created from the desires of tourism of the last 150 years.

This year, the Triennale Kunstwege | Vias d'art creates snow art in the space around the Via Maistra. The artistic articulation of space is the most creative aspect of engaging in public space. With "Urban Elements" Pontresina makes the experiment to arrange episodic elements in a manageable network of streets, squares and landscape. Carefully designed objects will be involved in redefining the public space, which means creating connections between people and places, movement and village form, nature and building fabric. These elements will be very important in the perception of public space and may bring to life a vision of how to create a public space with the creation of places of distinct beauty and identity.

With "Urban Elements", the public living room of the place will be refurnished with attractive pieces. Streets and squares are meeting places of a community - the place where people come together to enjoy the village / city and each other. Public spaces enable a high-quality life in one place - they form the stage and backdrop for the spectacle of life.

The competition task

The teams of artists who will tackle this task will deal with artistic principles such as order, unity, balance, proportion, frame, hierarchy, symmetry, rhythm, contrast, context, detail, texture, harmony or beauty. These are an integral part of the creation of form and spatial definition. It's the art of creating and designing spaces and giving them character. The combination of existing architecture and designed public space creates the most beautiful places to live - places that express a life full of wealth and tradition and serve as a backdrop for life.

The translation of the topic "Urban Elements" should primarily be a challenge for the artists, as well as a selection criterion for the jury. The topic is chosen in such a way that above all situation-oriented, sometimes also abstract working artists can find their full development. Elements that blend into a whole result in a valid, aesthetic form, which is supported by the lighting effect and the precision of its implementation. When entering and awarding the jury, the jury will evaluate the innovative implementation of the theme and the significance of the contribution to contemporary sculpture. Artistic charisma, proportionality and harmony of the sculpture, the craftsmanship, staging and light effect are additional criteria in the award ceremony.