Splügen Pass | Elevation Collection

800 CHF
Title   Splügen Pass
Artist   Robert Topulos
Limited Edition   50 pieces 
Collection  Swiss National Library, Bern


The Splügen Pass, a hidden gem in the Swiss-Italian border, offers an alternative, scenic route to Italy, particularly when the St. Gotthard and San Bernardino roads are congested. Boasting steep slopes on the Swiss side and an intricate network of hairpin bends, this route is a thrilling journey through the Alpine landscape.

Splügen is one of the oldest mountain villages in the canton of Graubünden, often seen as an emblematic representation of the region's rich history. Awarded the prestigious Wakker Prize in 1995, the village has been celebrated for its commendable preservation of historical structures, which have withstood the test of time. These structures encapsulate the village's rich architectural legacy, rendering Splügen as not just a village, but a living museum that pays tribute to the Swiss mountain heritage.

On the Italian side, the quaint alpine village of Montespluga marks the end of the pass. This village, steeped in tradition and surrounded by the grandeur of the Alps, offers a slice of authentic Italian alpine life, making it an unmissable stop.

The artwork vividly captures a Bush-Plane in action, a type of aircraft that has gained popularity in the Alps for its ability to take off and land within remarkably short distances. Equipped with colossal front tires, these planes are designed to absorb landings on steep hills with extreme inclinations, a necessary feature given the challenging terrain. It's a tribute to the ingenuity of human engineering, thriving amidst the raw, untamed beauty of nature.

This remarkable pass is not merely a bypass for travelers—it is a historical journey through time, a testament to the architectural heritage of the Swiss Alps, and a symbol of human adaptability and resilience.




Printing technique   Étorie on fine art paper
Printing house   Atelier WOCS, Genève
Authentification   Certificate of authenticity



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