Landart 2023

Duration of the exhibition
3 June until 21 October 2023

Land Art Trail Gerschnialp

On Saturday 3 June, the Gerschnialp Landart Path opens its routes with natural artworks. Between the tall trees of the Hungerboden forest and in the adjacent alpine area, sensual and artistically impressive land art objects will surprise visitors. You can experience the mystique of this path on a walk of around three kilometres. 

Well-travelled paths join together to form a circuit. Although the area is shaded in summer, there are always views of the surrounding mountains. There is also a stop at the Gerschnialp guesthouse.

You are welcome to visit the land art exhibition. You can get to the trail by taking the Gerschnialp funicular or by hiking up to Gerschnialp. The Landart trail is a circular walk in the Hungerbodenwald area. 

Let yourself be surprised and enjoy the artistic diversity in harmony with nature. The visit is free of charge.

Guided Tours

To deepen your impressions and learn more about the artists and their works, we recommend taking part in a guided tour.
You can find the dates of the guided tours on the link below.


Biography Part 1

Iska Speck

Location 1 | Triologie

Iska Speck was born and raised in the Chiemgau region of Bavaria. Her parents are gardeners. From an early age she loved nature and flowers and so she decided to follow in her parents' footsteps. She trained as a florist, worked for many years in her parents' business, and was able to freely develop her skills and creativity as a florist. In 2008, she qualified as a master florist at the Stift Zwettl Abbey in Lower Austria and trained further as a garden artist. In Switzerland, she worked in various flower shops. She now lives with her family in Engelberg, where her passion for creating designs from organic materials remains an important and fulfilling part of her life.

Carla Hohmeister

Location 2 | Bäck-Stumm

Carla Hohmeister was born in Bad Ragaz, St. Gallen in 1973. She attended a preliminary course at the school of applied arts im St. Gallen from 1989 to 1991. She then completed a four-year course as a 3D designer before working for a short time as a stage assistent at the Zurich Opera House. In the late 1990s she completed further training in stage painting, theatre production, and props. From 1997 to 1998 she designed a thematic exhibition world for Becker Audio-Visuals. Hohmeister is a freeance artist who exhibits in Switzerland and abroad. She is also co-president of a cultural centre and a contributor to and co-curator of the Bad Ragartz Triennale.

Myriam Kachour

Location 3 | Natur Waldsiegel

Myriam Kachour was born in France. She began her artistic career as an actor and self-taught sculptor. She studied sculpture and textiles at Concordia University in Montreal, and travelled to Africa, Guinea, Nunavik and India. She has received various art scholarships. She is committed to the Indian humanist art movement and since 2003 has been involved in developing humanist community art projects. In 2014, she discovered a passion for land art. She is also a lecturer and trainer.

Réka Szabó

Location 4 | The Story of a Tree

Réka Szabó was born in Hungary in 1986. In 2013 she graduated from Partium Christian University in Oradea with a Master's degree in Fine Arts, Visual Communication and Graphic Arts. She had her sirst land art experience in 2009 at the Hungary-Eger-Noszvaj International Nature Art Camp. Since then, she has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Eastern Europe and France, in Mongolia and South Korea. She is the president of the Transylvanian Contemporary Art Society and works as a curator.

Szabó is also active as a textile artist, experimenting with various materials and natural dyes.

Kari Joller

Location 5 | Antennen Stuhl

Kari Joller was born in Neuheim, Zug in 1952. He initially completed an apprenticeship as a printer. From 1974 to 1976 he attended the Lucerne School of Art and Design and in 1979 he began exhibiting his work. He has been a freelance painter and designer since 1983 and has been offering workshops and week-long design courses since 1994. In 2002 he began regularly publishing catalogues. He won the Swiss Environmental Award in 2013. He is a member of visarte zentralschweiz.

Artworks Part 1

Get a first glimpse of the ten unique works of art that await you on the Landart Trail!

Location 1 | Iska Speck


Beech branches

Three objects form a unit. Each piece is unique and complete within itself, but together they create stability and balance.

Working with natural materials has always been my passion. In this work, branches from the wild are shaped into a precise form that approximates polished stones. The organic materials are woven and intertwined with one another. Working creatively with and in nature is like meditation; it generates inner peace and strength.

The pictured work in solidarity was created as a team effort by the Engelberg Monastery Flower Shop.

Location 2 | Carla Hohmeister


Sawn and painted branches

In around 1900, local priest Father Emanuel Wagner took portraits of people from the local region – people like “Bäck-Stumm” – many of whom only had this one photograph taken of them during their entire lifetime. That’s one episode, here’s the next: One hundred years later, analogue photography was superseded by digital photography. In modern photographs, the image is broken down into dots, or pixels. In this artwork, each pixel is portrayed by a round, coloured piece of wood. The analogue material and the analogue craft are transformed into a “digital” image of pixels. We are regularly confronted with pixels in our daily lives, on computers, mobile phones and other screens. Most of the time we don’t even think about the underlying pixel structure of an image.

This work connects the past with the present. The photograph comes from the archives of Engelberg’s Tal Museum.

Location 3 | Myriam Kachour

Natur Waldsiegel

Pine cones and moss

My artistic career and my land art journey are leading me more and more towards simpler and more natural land art experiences. I am learning to detach myself from everything and let my creativity unfold in the heart of the forest. In this project, I let the forest and the mountains speak through my land art to deliver their message both in an earthly manner – through natural materials – and in a cosmic one, through symbolic forms. Humanity, like nature, is a creature of symbols. Now more than ever we must not forget that we live in a forest full of symbols.

Moss is associated with the source of life and is a feminine symbol of nature. The pine cone embodies the world of Pan and the golden ratio and is an ancient symbol of vitality, fertility and immortality.

Location 4 | Réka Szabó

The Story of a Tree

Sawn and dowelled spruce

In our daily lives we are surrounded by objects, and each of them tells a simple story. Our whole life is a series of snapshots. Humans perceive nature as a continuum of eternity, but it too is made up of snapshots. I built a huge pine cone around a tree in order to narrate the slow, gradual growth of a tree, which is almost impossible to capture through human perception.

I have simplified and minimised this process and in so doing have placed the material wood centre stage.

Location 5 | Kari Joller


Peeled spruce logs

With its dense, contiguous structure, the Hungerboden forest on the Gerschnialp offers very few opportunities for my gaze to wander into the distance. It forces me to look at things up close, to open up my senses, and dive into my own inner self. This is a place where old, seasoned giants encounter fresh young saplings. Life, death and transitions are in direct opposition here. I try to express this theme in my artistic intervention. In keeping with the theme, the antenna chair allows me to come to rest. It grounds me and opens me up to what is in the moment, and at the same time it lets me put out feelers for what may come, for what connects me with the sky. This idea is suggested by the great height of some of the forest trees. The chair is meant to encourage visitors to sit down and take in this moment in their own way.


Biography Part 2

Hama Lohrmann

Location 6 | Schaum der Zeit

Hama Lohrmann was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1965. He qualified as a carpenter before self-training as a visual artist. In 2003 he won the Art Promotion Prize of the City of Augsburg, the first of several prizes. From 2008 he participated in various exhibitions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He hikes the mountains of Europe and North Africa, leaving artistically ordered traces and capturing them in photographs. He has also exhibited various pieces of land art in Switzerland.

Susanne Ruoff

Location 7 | Sternschnuppen

Susanne Ruoff was born in Cologne, Germany in 1959. She trained as a bookseller before going on to study painting at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She then studied at the Hertfordshire College of Art and Design in St. Albans, UK, completed further studies in Berlin, and worked in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1989 she has exhibited regularly in Europe and overseas, since 2017 she has also presented outdoor installations.

Christine Läubli

Location 8 | öppis mal öppis

Christine Läubli was born in Winterthur in 1956. She initially qualified as a primary school teacher before completing training as a fabric designer in 2001. She has been working in her own studio in Winterthur since 1998, and since 2008 has participated in various solo and group exhibitions. She has completed further training in the creation of art objects and installations, particularly in the media of textiles and paper. She has curated several exhibitions, including Teximus in Zug. She also works with and produces texts. From 2001 to 2009 she was editor of the magazine Textilforum.

Elias Zürcher

Location 9 | Landen

Elias Zürcher learned wood sculpture techniques during four years at the wood sculpture school in Brienz. From 2017, he began participating in land art projects in collaboration with his father. This work on the Gerschnialp in 2023 is the first time he has presented his own, independent installation. Zürcher works independently within a collective studio in Sursee, where he works on installations and commissioned sculptures.

Adrian Künzi

Location 10 | Symphonie

Adrian Künzi was born in 1956. He attended a preliminary course at design school in 1984 before going on to study Design and Art Mediation at the Zurich University of the Arts from 1985 to 1989. Since then he has worked as a freelance wood sculptor and print designer. He is a member of XYLON Switzerland and has participated in various exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad.

Artworks Part 2

Get a first glimpse of the ten unique works of art that await you on the Landart Trail!

Location 6 | Hamma Lohrmann

Schaum der Zeit

Logs, stones, boulders

Foam, as anyone who has ever taken a bubble bath knows, is one of the most transient things in existence. Almost as quickly, all the apocalyptic, fear-inducing predictions in connection with the Covid-19 virus were proved baseless.

My project Schaum der Zeit is formally meant to resemble a place of worship. In a kind of protective space is the holy of holies: the virus – as it has been depicted again and again in our visual world. The virus rises from the dark, unknowable depths of the earth. It is surrounded by a fence that prevents visitors from direct contact with its holiness and denies them a view of this omnipotent representative. The use of natural materials gives the viewers a presentiment of the non-existent permanence of what they are looking at.

Location 7 | Susanne Ruoff


Clippings and debris from mowing, branches, hay

Sternschnuppen is a continuation and a variation of an earlier work entitled Vom Himmel gefallen. Whereas the earlier work showed four big stars distributed across a large meadow, this one has many small shooting stars spread across the entire breadth of the slightly sloping terrain. Shooting stars light up the dark night sky for only a second before they burn up as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere. The shooting stars on the Gerschnialp, however, have made their way to the ground. They will be on display here throughout the summer before nature reclaims their space.

The shooting stars are made largely of waste material from the mowing of the display area, supplemented by additional branches and bushes from the surrounding forests.

Location 8 | Christine Läubli

öppis mal öppis

Hemp, wood

For millennia, humans have used knots for various purposes – to obtain food, domesticate animals, conquer kingdoms and the seas, ward off evil spirits, and hold the world together. The Inca people used knots and strings to collect data, keep records and convey messages. Sailors tied knot patterns on long voyages, from which the technique of macramé developed. Knots connect, knots denote feelings, knots give security, knots tell stories. In my installation, each of the macramé pieces represents an event, a story or an incident, and within those, each knot is a single episode. My knotted constructions do not have a legible meaning, but a symbolic one.

Location 9 | Elias Zürcher


Lime wood, spruce branches

Landing and getting orientated – a moment of arrival. Gathering one’s energy, putting things in order, and listening to oneself are all things that I frequently notice I have neglected. I want my work to revive that moment and give it time and space. I combine sculpture with land art. The birds in the foreground are carved in careful detail. The more distant the birds are, the more abstract their form and technique become.

Location 10 | Adrian Künzi



The sculpture group Symphonie seems like a dance of lightness performed to a symphony of nature.

“Chainsaw art is central to Adrian Künzi’s work. The artist subtly combines power and sensitivity in his working process. In dialogue with the material and the tool, filigree sculptures emerge, rustic objects that move the viewer... The wonderfully sloping and graceful stelae in the landscape evoke memories of ships, capsule fruits or structures on stilts – like those from the days of stilt houses –stimulating the viewer’s imagination and the joy of exploration and discovery.”

Text excerpt: Brigit Meier, Art Educator, Kunstmuseum Luzern


Claudia Häusler-Zwyer
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