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Swiss Contribution to the International Horticultural Exposition, Kunming, China
In 1998 Stefan Rotzler was, as landscape architect, requested to design the Swiss contribution to the EXPO 99 International Horticultural Exposition in Kunming, China. In cooperation with Anarchitekton he developed the idea to use larger-than-life postcard motives of Switzerland as background for the photo shootings of the Chinese visitors. After several concepts had been rejected as unsuitable by the Chinese organizers, the authors developed the suggestion of a tripartite garden as metaphor for the Swiss landscapes: “The Mountain”, with a huge postcard of Mount Titlis and a glacier grotto, “The Plaza” as representation of the urban Switzerland with an oversized postcard of the Zurich Fraumünster (women’s cathedral), and “The Cottage Garden” with a colossal postcard of the Waadtländer Winzerfest (wine growers festival). The three parts were linked by the “Schifflibach” (small ship rivulet) –a reference to...