Art Mountain Muottas Muragl
Enjoying art in the Engadin – Inspiration at 2,450 m above sea level
‘Will I succeed in replicating the eternal meaning of the essence of things? As I paint Nature, will I be able to give her the illumination that lends life to the paint, that breathes light and life into the distant and makes the sky appear infinite? Will I succeed in associating the consummate primal image of nature with the symbols that our soul reveals?’
Giovanni Segantini, on the Engadin.
‘What mountains. What lakes. What light!’
Friedrich Nietzsche, on the Engadin
Thoughts such as these have gone through the minds of the artist Giovanni Segantini and the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche not least on Muottas Muragl. Indeed, up here, the light in all its hues and shades is ubiquitous. The soft gentle light first thing in the morning. The blazing sun around mid-day. The stunning interplay of sunshine and shadows whenever clouds scurry across the sky. The dazzling spectacle as the sun sets behind the Bergell and the sky begins to glow in all its hues from orange to purple while the lakes in the valley below shimmer for all they are worth.
The panoramic mountain with its views of the Engadin lakes delighted not just Segantini and Nietzsche. Many other artists have found their inspiration up here. Alberto Giacometti for instance, who in 1898 created a five metre long panoramic painting of Muottas Muragl.
The outdoors artworks that can now be admired on Muottas Muragl were created many years later. On the short circular trail known as ‘Senda d’Inspirium’ just above the Romantik Hotel you’ll discover a droplet made of natural stone, mortar, and a white marble coating by Timo Lindner, symbolising the entire universe of water. A section of railway track has also been put in place to tell the story of the pioneering achievements of Graubünden’s first panoramic train for tourists. Sine Sole Sileo (Latin for ‘without sun I am silenced’) by Fred Bangerter is the world’s most precise sundial, accurately telling the time to within 10 seconds.
But whether you choose to engage with these artworks or, like Nietzsche, Segantini and others in their day, simply let yourself be inspired by the light and the views: if you invest the time and open up your senses, you will certainly leave Muottas Muragl with far more than you arrived with – at the very least in your heart, your mind, and your soul.
Sine Sole Sileo
Artist: Fred Bangerter, 2011
Up here, the power of the sun has long played an important role. Muottas Muragl is one of the sunniest spots in Switzerland, and the first plus-energy hotel in the Alps, the Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl, opened here in December 2010. In summer 2011, the most accurate sundial in the world was installed on the mountainside. SINE SOLE SILEO (Latin for «without the sun, I fall silent») shows the time to an accuracy of just 10 seconds. Come and see for yourself how incredibly precise this sundial is.
Artist: Timo Lindner, 2007
«Il Guot» – Romansh for «the drop» – is a unique work of art created by Timo Lindner to mark the centenary of the Muottas Muragl funicular railway. The drop, which is made of natural stone and mortar and coated in white marble, symbolises water in all its various forms, from rain to ice to snow. This work is typical of Lindner’s art, which is rudimentary and archaic, and reflects things normally regarded as commonplace in an out-of-the-ordinary way.
Artist: Curdin Niggli, 2007
The iron sculpture entitled Cruscheda was presented to Engadin St. Moritz Mountains by the municipality of Samedan as a gift to mark the centenary of the Muottas Muragl funicular railway.
Over a century ago, on August 9 1907, the funicular railway Muottas Muragl rattled its way up the perilously steep mountainside for the first time. It had to overcome a distance of 2,201 metres and a gradient of 56% before it reached the summit at 2,456 metres above sea level. Read here more about the history of Muottas Muragl.
The sculpture symbolises the crossing, in Romansh "Cruscheda", of the two railways in the middle.
Ils Trais Piz
Artist: Fabian Forrer, 2013
The mountain viewer, «Ils Trais Piz» , constructed from Cor-Ten rusted steel, was the idea of Fabian Forrer, a member of the technical staff at Engadin St. Moritz Mountains. With so many awe-inspiring mountain peaks, it is difficult to remember all their names. But we can promise you one thing: from now on, you will always be able to recall the world-famous, ice- and snow-covered Bianco ridge of the Piz Bernina (4,049 metres), the Piz Julier (3,380 metres) and the Piz Ot (3,246 metres). Take a look for yourself!
Artist: Ramon Zangger, 2013
With this magnificent panorama over the Upper Engadin lake plateau, it is easy to oversee other outstanding vantage points. Take a seat in the sculpture, «Bernina Glaciers», crafted from Engadin Swiss stone pine, and treat yourself to a short rest. Allow your eyes to wander across one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the Alps, the Bernina Massif. Besides the Piz Bernina (4,049 metres), you will discover a number of other splendid mountain peaks.