Bloch around the World

Today we found out about the most amazing Swiss art project – Bloch by Com&Com. Here’s what it’s about in their own words:

The Bloch is part of an old carnival tradition from the Swiss region of Appenzell. When the last spruce tree is felled in the winter, the trunk – known as the Bloch – is pulled by twenty men from the village of Urnäsch to Herisau and back. At the end of this one-day procession, the trunk is sold to the highest bidder in the village square of Urnäsch to be processed into shingles or furniture.
In 2011, Com&Com bought the Bloch and planned to send it on a journey around the globe, with stops on every continent (2012-2015).

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Our goal is to develop a new Bloch procession at each station based on local traditions. In the process, the original custom and its meaning will change, enter into a dialogue with foreign cultures and people, mix with new elements, and be reinterpreted. At every stage of the journey, something completely new will emerge. This art event will be accompanied by discussions (talks, symposia) and other cultural and social events (exhibits, festivals, music, theater), as well as individual artworks, short films, and a website.

What an amazing idea! To stay updated, check out the blog on their website: http://bloch23781.com/home/category/news/

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Welcome to the Alprausch team!

We’ve had a few additions to our Alprausch team in the past few months – let’s start by introducing the lady first! We’d like to welcome Solby, our newest apprentice, to our team. In the picture below, she showcases her favourite Alprausch piece. Meow!

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Alpventure No. 2: Seewlisee

There’s something incredibly satisfying about fishing. Preparing one’s equipment, hiking up to a lake, catching your own dinner – it just feels great. Our second alpventure led us to the Seewlisee, an amazing little lake which is 20 meters deep and occasionally, a Canadian variety of trout can be caught here. We have no idea how it got here, but they sure were delicious!

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