A Hole in the Alps is a project by William Bock and Dig Collective experienced over two sites in the village of Tenna, Switzerland: The Hole and the Land Holding.
The 2m x 2m x 2m cubed hole was dug by hand by four artists, creating a real and symbolic space in the village. It is a temporary space that is open to anyone and for any activity over the duration of Art Safiental 2018, a land art exhibition situated around the Safiental mountain range.
During the three month public exhibition, the clay-rich soil excavated from The Hole will be held in the Land Holding, a site of contemplation and transformation, where visitors are invited to work the clay with their hands. Land Holding is situated in the adjacent Alp-dorf Sennerei, now repurposed by DIG Collective with the help of Othmar F. Arnold, the Lochwart. In October 2018 Dig Collective will return to Tenna and refill The Hole with the mountain of earth in the 'making good' ceremony.
A Hole in the Alps uses participatory land art as a potential for stimulating discussions and experiences centred on our relationships with land, labour, communality, memory and time.