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.