The 3-D Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating contemporary art to promote environmentalism, education, and culture to local and international audiences. Founded in 2010 by New York-based artist Madeleine Paternot and Verbier-based artist Kiki Thompson, the foundation creates an educational and cultural Artist Residency and Sculpture Park inspired by the stunning Alpine environment of Verbier, Switzerland at an altitude of 2,300 meters between La Chaux and Ruinettes. More than one million visitors to Verbier can access the park for free year round.

In 2016, the Verbier 3-D Foundation launched a 5-year initiative uniting artists, locals and scientists to chronicle the impact of the surrounding glacial environment. Their insights are captured in photography, sculpture and multi-media residencies, alongside research, exhibitions and education programmes for audiences of all ages.

Utilising the lens of art, the Verbier 3-D Foundation aims to create a dialogue around the themes of glacial warming and societal behaviours on a local that extends outwards. The exhibitions will feature new work by visual artists who, in their individual approaches, are interested in these conversations.

Participating artists have included Chloe Dewe Mathews (UK), Olaf Breuning (CH) and James Capper (UK).

Find out more about our visiting and collaborating artists, view upcoming and past exhibitions, and engage in our evolving education programmes.

2018 artist residency

James Capper : AERO CAB
24.06.2018 – 23.06.2019

The Verbier 3-D Foundation is pleased to announce British artist James Capper for our 2018 Artist Residency.

James Capper’s art adopts the techniques, materials and complex problem-solving processes of innovation and engineering to develop the possibilities of sculpture.

Capper will explore the 200th year anniversary of the chaotic crevassed Giétro Glacier and its many avalanches of 1818.  Birthing from the ‘Year Without Summer’ which belongs to a three-year period of severe climate deterioration of global scale caused by the eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia in April 1815,  this climatic event led to an outburst flood sweeping the Val de Bagnes in its path until Lake Geneva.

It is one of the most famous and most disastrous historical events in the Swiss Alps related to climate change. Its folklore is embedded in the local history of the surrounding areas and recently resurrected due to the 200th year anniversary fused with current debates on effects of the present-day period of amplified global warming – the Anthropocene.

Capper’s work has been widely exhibited internationally. He was the youngest ever artist to be awarded the prestigious Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts, London. His work is the subject of critical debate and dialogue about positions in sculpture in the 21st Century and continues to challenge varied audiences around the world.

Click here for further information about the 2018 Artist Residency.