Christian Gonzenbach

The Alpage and Other Celestial Bodies

The Alpage and Other Celestial Bodies, 2004

Appliances and scale model elements

Variable dimensions (approx 55 x 45 x 40 cm)

In this work, a series of vacuum cleaners (and a hairdryer) form the basis of a miniaturized world of strange landscapes mimicking the bucolic pastures of the Alps. Normally flat scenery of model dioramas, in this case of farm and wild animals, has been closed on itself – each a self-sustaining planet – to evolve independently.