The Glacier’s Essence

Greenland—Glarus. Climate, Science, Art

Martin Stützle and Fridolin Walcher

The Glacier’s Essence

Martin Stützle and Fridolin Walcher

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

272 pages | 137 color plates | 9 x 12
Paper $65.00 ISBN: 9783858816658 Published August 2020 Not for sale in the UK, Europe, China, and Hong Kong

Glaciers in the Alps and on Greenland have been melting away slowly for decades, but in recent years, global warming has increased the speed of their retreat dramatically. The first survey of the Clariden glacier was conducted by a Swiss geophysicist Alfred de Quervain, who initiated and led important scientific expeditions on Greenland in 1909 and 1912. A more recent link between Glarus and Greenland comes in the work of Swiss artist Martin Stützle and photographer Fridolin Walcher. Both have made the Swiss glaciers the subject of their work, and in May 2018 the duo joined a Swiss research campaign investigating the current state of the glaciers on Greenland. The photographs and prints they produced from the journey reflect an intense awareness of scientific facts, yet they strike the viewer emotionally and aesthetically.

This book blends the essence of glaciological and geophysical research with contemporary art and picks up on de Quervain’s legacy. Prints and photographs are featured alongside three easy-to-read essays offering a concise survey of the findings of the 2018 expedition, while a fourth essay comments on Stützle’s and Walcher’s works and explores current trends in climate art.

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