I got this invitation and I was even not sure to go. I remember few years ago i visited my good friend Stefan Ester , who was working here while I was working in St. Blasien, in the Black Forest. Well, I immediately noticed that it was an extremely boring place, all perfect, but boring…almost like everywhere in Swiss. I decided to go anyway, because I was really interested in trying to work with this stone. It’s a kind of marble, cream colour, pretty hard and vitreous. I took my wondefull Landy and I drove cross the French Alps and I arrived in this small village next to Fribourg. I immediatley understand the mood: just work and no party. Well, they pretend this…but we are artists, and free. The group starts to build up the energy and find the way to enjoy even the after work. But we also worked! In a short week I finished this monumenatl stone sculpture, that now is standing in a small square in front of the primary school of Matran.
I was born in this small alpine village 40 years ago, and I still live here. I am surrounded by mountains, sometimes white and sometimes green, and trees…a lot of trees. I have been walking between those trees for many years, I know all of them. I even saw some of them born….and some dying. Every single tree has his own history, his own reason to born in a certain point, and their lifes are so different that their shapes they all look the same, but different. Even the wood inside has his own lines; impossible to find two pieces of wood that are exately the same. When I start a new sculpture, I am alwasy a bit inbarassed by this concept: I am using something unique! I can have millions of different ideas, but they will be influenced by the piece of wood I will use. Maybe I will chose it to fit, or maybe it wil arrive in my hands by accident. Anyway, the material has a huge part in my art.
Sono nato in questo piccolo villaggio alpino 40 anni fa e vivo ancora qui. Sono circondato da montagne, talvolta bianche e talvolta verdi, e alberi … tantissimi alberi. Ho camminato tra questi alberi per molti anni, so tutto di loro. Ne ho visti alcuni nascere, ed alcuni morire. Ogni singolo albero ha la propria storia, ha le sue ragioni per essere nato in un luogo preciso, e le loro vite sono così diverse che anche le loro forme sembrano tutte uguali, ma diverse. Persino il legno al loro interno ha le proprie venature inconfondibili; è impossibile trovare due pezzi di legno che sono esattamente uguali. Quando inizio una nuova scultura, sono sempre un po ‘imbarazzato ed intimorito da questo concetto: sto usando qualcosa di unico! Posso avere milioni di idee diverse, ma saranno sempre influenzate dal pezzo di legno che userò. Forse lo sceglierò perché si adatta perfettamente al mio progetto, o forse arriverà nelle mie mani per caso. Comunque, il materiale ha un ruolo enorme nella mia arte.