The artist's first major retrospective in the UK brings together the work he has created in locales across the world.
The nomadic artist is inspired by place; whether that be his home in the Engadin valley of the Swiss Alps, or the far flung destinations he encounters as he travels across the globe. Abandoning the idea of having a fixed studio space, he instead spends extended periods in a particular location, devising pieces that draw on the skills and materials of local craftsmen – he has worked with steel-chasers in Beijing, glass blowers in Murano, Tuareg silversmiths in Agadez and ceramicists in Jingdezhen over the course of his 30 year career.
This exhibition spans the full breadth of his practice; in the indoor gallery are the mountain portraits and glass snowball sculptures that were inspired by his native landscape, while examples of his international creations are shown outdoors.
One of his most ambitious projects to date is the ongoing House to Watch the Sunset, for which he aims to construct the same building in a variety of locations across all seven continents. So far he has recreated the house in Niger, the Brazilian Amazonian Rainforest, Indonesia, Mongolia and Thailand, each time using local materials. On display here is the original model of the structure.
The artist has also created a brand new bridge for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which will remain in place as a permanent feature after the exhibition closes.