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Artist Turns Swiss Mountain Into One Massive (And Colorful) Work Of Art

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As if Gstaad, Switzerland didn't already sound like a fictional snow paradise, artist Olaf Breuning is giving us even more reason to marvel at the winter wonderland's unbelievably picturesque landscapes. Behold, what happens when a contemporary artist transforms an entire mountain into a massive canvas:

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Olaf Breuning, Snow Drawing, 2014, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


The abstract installation -- a type of performance dubbed "Snow Drawing" -- is part of an ongoing, site-specific event called Elevation 1049. The outdoor exhibition (of sorts) brings together a group of exclusively Swiss artists charged with turning Gstaad's slopes into a giant open-air gallery. With elevation as a recurring theme throughout the artworks, the Alpine creations stand at the boundary line between earth and sky, decorating the contours of mountains, valleys and everything in between.

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Olaf Breuning, Snow Drawing, 2014, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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Olaf Breuning, Snow Drawing, 2014, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


Breuning's painting-like work brought a swath of vibrant colors to the powder white mountainside, with the help of food color, sleds and a beautiful mess of unconventional brushstrokes. Scroll through a preview of Breuning's installation, as well as a few other artworks gracing Gstaad now, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Olaf Breuning, Snow Drawing, 2014, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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Olaf Breuning, Snow Drawing, 2014, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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Thomas Hirschhorn, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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Gianni Motti, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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Claudia Comte, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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John Armleder, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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Sylvie Fleury, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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Roman Signer, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger

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Olivier Mosset, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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Mai-Thu Perret, Installation view 'Elevation 1049', Gstaad, Switzerland, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger


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