ICE CAMP 2020 presented by Audi
Explore the “Sound of Ice” at ICE CAMP 2020 presented by Audi
What does ice really sound like? Visitors can now get to the bottom of this question thanks to the ICE CAMP on the Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun. At three uniquely designed igloos perched at 2600 m above sea level, once again the complete work of art made from ice and snow created by Carinthian artist Max Seibald will be a source of unbridled enthusiasm, this year featuring an oversized “Ice Symphonium” as its centerpiece.
An art experience in the middle of the ski area – what appears incongruous at first sight, is actually a popular tradition here on the Kitzsteinhorn. Three artistically designed igloos, each 12 meters in diameter, welcome visitors one and all. “A sense of amazement and almost mystical enchantment amidst the ice are the initial reactions when winter sports fans step into our ICE CAMP for the first time. Such a high-quality artistic ensemble of ice and snow at 2600 m in elevation surpasses every expectation. The ICE CAMP contributes to our goal of offering our guests special outdoor experiences and unforgettable moments in a unique natural setting”, says Norbert Karlsböck, CEO of Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG.
Interactive music experience
This year’s ICE CAMP will be further enhanced by a unique sound experience. As an art project, an oversized sound machine has been created, essentially a kind of “singing bowl” with stylized horns – and completely out of ice, of course. Evoking an atmosphere of sublime harmony in combination with gentle “music of the spheres”, visitors can then use touchpads to personally alter the sounds which are emitted through this so-called Ice Symphonium. Integrated Mogees (flattish silver discs that use vibration sensors to transform oscillations into music) and special software turn the pressure on the touchpads inside the singing bowl into musical sounds. The sounds which have been spontaneously improvised by the public are then broadcast through the Symphonium as tonal paintings using high-quality surround technology supplied by YAMAHA. This premium Japanese brand is a first-time partner of the ICE CAMP on the Kitzsteinhorn this year. “Back in 1879, Richard Strauss fled the city for the mountains in order to compose. As a counterbalance to their frequently hectic daily routines, people are more and more inclined to spend their free time amid nature and the mountains so as to recharge their batteries, be physically active and also let their creative juices flow”, points out Max Seibald.
A world of ice and snow
The communicative focal point of this “world completely of ice and snow” is the ICE BAR. Hollow triangular furniture elements are arranged like the points of a star around the bar itself to create a stylish ambience. In keeping with the temperatures, you can sample the exclusive ICE CAMP “Pure Glacier” vodka from the Siegfried Herzog Distillery. The third igloo serves as a very special showroom. Presented on two cuboid blocks of ice is the new Audi which, pointing the way to the future, embodies the exciting world of electric mobility. The Audi e-tron, just like the Kitzsteinhorn, stands for the spirit of innovation and highest quality standards hand-in-hand with sustainable use of precious natural resources. In a spirit of close and positive partnership, the Kitzsteinhorn ICE CAMP presented by Audi has been hosted here since 2012. For the past 14 years, this “world of ice and snow” has been planned and built by Chris Geissler and Andi Tremschnig, who also maintain it daily from January until mid-April with the help of their X-Over team. The Ice Camp is created in two months and also symbolizes the endless lifecycles of nature. At the onset of winter, the available snow is transformed through boundless creativity and craftsmanship into a complete snowy ensemble. As the snow melts in summer, Mother Nature takes back what she had lent to us originally.
Winter hike to the ICE CAMP
Winter hikers can reach the ICE CAMP from the Alpincenter via a clearly marked trail (ca. 30-minute walk) - until Easter, also possible every Wednesday as part of a guided snowshoe tour. www.kitzsteinhorn.at/de/winter/kitzsteinhorn/ice-camp