In the beginning, the idea was the endeavour to create something new out of many thoughts and perspectives, something fascinating but at the same time also a reminder, something that will be anchored in the collective memory and will be characteristic for the whole Antholz valley.
The glaciers in the Alps have lost about half of their mass since 1850. As a result of the ever faster rising temperatures, they are shrinking more and more" (from the "Climate Report South Tyrol" - EURAC research, Bolzano)
The Rieserferner group, which is the western natural boundary of the valley, composes the largest contiguous glacier area of South Tyrol nowadays. Dwindling ice masses, massively decreasing glaciatons, the thawing of the permafrost including the large amounts of greenhouse gas which are released as a result, inspired the entire team to set an example. A sign, which is a characteristic feature and which anchors itself as a point of light and as a prominent attribute into the memory of the visitors of the Antholz Valley. The combination of a mystical light source and resistant, ice-like glass merged together to become an impressive sculpture. This sculpture is intended to inspire reflection and to make our society aware of the current state of its immediate surroundings. While the Rieserferner glacier used to have extensive ice fields, current pictures clearly show the glacier shrinkage caused by climate change.
The valley name Antholz is mentioned for the first time around 1050-1065 “ÊNTHOLZ” in the cratulary of the Bishopric of Brixen.
The place name Rasen appears in the same years as “RESINE”, as well as 1070 as “RASINEN”.