How many years can a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea

Haus für Kunst Uri, 2020

At a level of about 8 to 12 km blows the probably most significant wind called Jetstream. It’s a wind at high altitude which is formed by differences in temperature between the equator and the Poles. The Coriolis force which is caused by the planet's rotation makes the wind blow horizontal from west to east where it also gets distracted from different mountain ranges. That leads to the fact that the Jetstream blows wavily through the sky. It’s speed from 200 to 500 km/h is often used by insects and airplanes to cross the Atlantic Ocean as fast as possible.

The temperature at the Poles keep raising which is caused by constant warming of the Earth’s atmosphere. According to that the difference in temperature between the equator and the Poles decreases. This phenomenon causes a continual slowdown of this massive wind sculpture. Its wave movements get bigger and bigger while our planet reacts with long-lasting extreme weather events.

The work “How many years can a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea“ offers the chance to experience this global weather phenomenon from an unknown visual perspective. A geodesic dome is medium for a livestream projection of the Jetstream. On the inside it’s covered with rescue blankets and shows besides it’s fragility also the preciousness of this wind. The installation indicates how humanity globally influences the Jetstream by changing his frequency and also by sculpturing it at this very moment.