An annual art prize that seeks to publicise the talents of people with disabilities into the public eye has used gondola cabins at Obergurgl in the Ötztal region of the Austrian Tirol as a canvas this year.
The VOI fesch Art Prize, established in 2018, chose 15 artists from 285 submissions to have their work displayed on eleven gondola cabins on the Rosskarbahn in Obergurgl.
Appropriately, the theme was “Winter Happiness” and during the final event at Gurgl CARAT, the top 15 artists were announced.
First place went to Jessica Gamsjäger from Lower Austria. Her work is entitled “Through the pink ski goggles”, followed by Upper Austria’s Andreas Krötzl with “Ski piste” and Sabine Tollkühn-Klein from North Rhine-Westphalia who showed her “Winter Dream” in Gurgl.
“Some of the mountain gondola cabins have large areas covered with the artworks. This ensures that the important topic is permanently present with us and therefore also accessible to a huge number of people and mountain fans,” emphasizes Dominic Kuen, Gurgl Destination Manager at Ötztal Tourismus.
Werner Hanselitsch, Managing Director of the Obergurgl Lift Company, agreed, “Inclusion can make our society much more colourful. It is important to me to show how much creativity and craftsmanship is involved in each individual work.”
Images © Ötztal Tourismus – Philipp Schuster
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