The Glacier's Essence

The Glacier's Essence

Greenland—Glarus. Climate, Science, Art

Artists' and scientists' perspectives of global warming and receeding galciers and how both phenomena affect us


  • January 2020   approx. CHF 65.00 | eur 58.00


Title Information

Prints by Martin Stützle, photographs by Fridolin Walcher. With contributions by Nadine Olonetzky, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Konrad Steffen, and Thomas Stocker. Precafe by Benedikt Wechsler

1st edition

, 2020

Text English and German


approx. 208 pages, 150 color and 10 b/w illustrations

24 x 32 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-665-8


Glaciers in the Alps and on Greenland have been melting away slowly for decades. Global warming has increased the speed of their retreat drastically in recent years. Swiss geophysicist Alfred de Quervain (1879–1927) carried-out the first survey of the Clariden glacier in the Swiss canton of Glarus and initiated and lead important scientific expeditions on Greenland in 1909 and 1912.

Swiss artist Martin Stützle and photographer Fridolin Walcher also link Glarus with Greenland. Both have made the Swiss glaciers the subject of their work and, in May 2018, joined a Swiss research campaign investigating the current state of the glaciers on the world’s largest island. The photographs and prints they produce reflect an intense awareness of scientific facts, yet they strike the viewer emotionally and aesthetically.

This book blends the essence of glaciological and geophysical research with contemporary art and picks up on Alfred de Quervain’s legacy. Prints and photographs are featured alongside three easy-to-read essays offering a concise survey of the findings of the 2018 expedition. A fourth essay comments on Stützle’s and Walcher’s works and explores current trends in climate art.

Authors & Editors

Nadine Olonetzky

, born 1962 in Zürich, freelance cultural publicist and editor with Scheidegger & Spiess publishers. Contributes regularly to NZZ am Sonntag and to books and catalogues on photography, art, and art history. Member of Kontrast ( in Zürich.

Gabriela Schaepman-Strub

Konrad Steffen

Thomas Stocker

Martin Stützle

 obtained his education in art at the School of Art and Design in Bern and also trained as a stonemason. He lives and works as a freelance artist in the Swiss Canton of Glarus.

Fridolin Walcher

 lives and works as a photographer in the Swiss Canton of Glarus, pursing freelance artistic and commissioned projects.

Benedikt Wechsler