The exhibition and the book Paesaggio e ponti / Landschaft und Brücken (Landscape and bridges) designed by Lupo Burtscher present some of the most significant bridges in South Tyrol, highlighting their aesthetical structure and their relationship with the landscape. Using around 40 examples from different eras, they document the tradition and innovation of this sector of civil engineering.
In the exhibition Paesaggio e ponti / Landschaft und Brücken, designed by Lupo Burtscher with Susanne Waiz, the large stone walls of the fort give a closed and introverted character to the exhibition spaces. The low counters on which the design drawings are exposed, are scattered about the rooms and are equipped with independent luminous bodies integrated into metal brackets. Unlike the pages of the book, they allow the presentation of floor plans in large scale, while smaller objects such as photos and vintage images are placed on wooden supports. Large format photographs show the most significant works, including their geographical contexts.
The project includes works that have radically changed the landscape and its perception, such as the road and bridges built in Val Pusteria around 1850, or the often-mentioned Brenner motorway, with its viaducts. However, also included are the prefabricated structures that in the second half of the 20th Century marked a decline in the art of bridge building. The narration is completed by recent undertakings that present a different language, not only in the choice of materials, but also because of the close dialogue with the existing context.
(Texts: Studio Waiz)