One of the oldest forms of Swiss art is called Scherenschnittee, or paper cuts. A temporary exhibition displaying a large collection of paper cuts was something I was very interested in seeing. I'd seen different wares made replicating this traditional art, but I hadn't seen any of the real art. Luckily, the museum holding the exhibition was only a short, but beautiful drive away from Horgen.
Do you remember schwingen, Swiss wrestling? Here the Swiss sport is transformed into art.
The piece below was one of my favorites. So much detail: the four seasons, clothes drying on the line, artist at work in bottom center and of course, cows.
|bottom center detail|
|autumn and winter|
|some are in color, but b&w is traditional|
|everything white is underwater and everything black is above water - clever idea|
|cows, cows and more cows|
|story of a life|
|across from the museum = beautiful setting|
A friend recommended we check out the only Glassworks of Switzerland which was another short drive away.
|been around a long time!|
We could have waited in line to blow our own glass ball, but instead opted to watch someone else do it. Neither of us wanted the souvenir ball anyway.
|bottle from 1823|
|large chess pieces|
|a cow, what else?|
|glass dragon for climbing in the playground behind the glassworks|
|Down the road from the glassworks - who? what? why? No idea|
|India vs Britain|
|table is as beautiful as the rest|
|good guys? GW Bush, C Rice and friends|
|bad guys? Putin, etc|
Cats vs Dogs:
We all know who would win that battle. I love the cats' rook (scratching post condo combination), but I think the dogs' rook should be a fire hydrant, not a dog house.
The Alice in Wonderland set below is for Sarah. The opposition wear blue instead of red.
Think chess is a hard game? Try playing this vertical version!
|had to include a Swiss set|
I wonder which set the boys from The Big Bang Theory would choose:
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Some of the sets are not so easy to determine which figure is which piece.
I only touched on the variety of sets on display, but you get the idea.
Tom also has a collection, but he will never have 900 sets! We have picked up a few on different trips. I predict there will be a purchase when we're in Russia this summer. I'm including a couple of Tom's sets. Not all of them came to Switzerland with us.
|from Peru - Spanish vs Incas|
This set is called Isle of Lewis - it's a replica of the oldest known chess set.
I have to stop here and post this even though we continue to have field trips. It's hard to keep up with myself!
Tschüss! (Ciao in German)