We love weekend getaways. I mean, who doesn’t? If they only happened more often. The “aftertaste” is never bitter. On the contrary, exploring your surroundings is very close to … exploring yourself. These two actions go hand in hand. A perfect match. Could we call it an ancient universal language? Yes. Let’s go with that. The special thing about a getaway is that you always end up feeling extremely satisfied and full of life. As if you’ve just fed your body and soul with essential nutrients. A vitamin shot. And you’ve learned a little bit on the way — about the destination’s history, about the plants you’ve met on the way, or about changing the flat tire during the trip. No matter in which direction it takes you, it’s always a pleasure to do something nice for yourself.
If you could combine comfortable with useful, would you go for it? We bet you would. And that’s exactly what happened to us on our expedition to this enchanting destination. Landescape’s first art project was born.
“A house that has been experienced is not an inert box.
Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.”
― Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
It wasn’t much of a typical summer day. Gray clouds glittered in the sky and the air had a bit of a rainy scent. “Time to cross that place from our bucket list,” we said. A perfect day for a perfect getaway.
We wanted to visit Castle Gutenbuchel for some time. The castle is located in the immediate vicinity of Šoštanj (Slovenia), a city burdened with heavy industry. In order to better understand the purpose of this castle, we have to go back a few centuries, when the Woschnagg family moved from Vitanj to Šoštanj in 1750.
“A few generations of families have built a large-scale industry from a small leather workshop with their exceptional entrepreneurship and supplied the entire territory of Austria-Hungary with leather products. This was the significance of Šoštanj at the time that it became a unique metropolis. Life and the atmosphere in the city were full of enthusiasm.
They had the first power plant in the factory and it provided part of the energy to the workers’ homes in the city. All this happened before 1925 when the Woschnagg family bought a mansion on a hill near the city. It was first set up by Baron Hebler, an enthusiast of the Industrial Revolution and its achievements.
Franz Woschnagg, who was strongly German-oriented, renovated the mansion in five years after his purchase and gave it the present image. His wife, Mariana, graduated from the School of Design in Vienna and played a major role in the renovation. She was a passionate collector of antiques around the surrounding places, as the older locals still remember.”―Stane Mažgon
Our conclusion is that whoever lays his eyes on this castle, it remains with him forever. The moment we stepped out of the car and walked into the baroque garden, we knew this was going to be a beautiful memory. Remember those grey skies we were writing about? Well, they added just the right fragrance to this idyllic atmosphere.
Hidden among the trees are stairs leading you to the castle. Try to imagine the wind and trees, and an upcoming storm. In front of you this outstanding view, and you just can’t believe it with your own eyes. The castle doors were closed, unfortunately. But the castle itself wasn’t the reason we came. We wanted to meet the secret, abandoned greenhouse.
Just behind this glorious piece of art, stands another one. Big stone doors show us the way to the tiny, narrow path, surrounded with wildflowers and dried grass. Our hearts started to beat with joyful excitement. There’s something mystical in abandoned places. They are the treasures of the lost world, with their own story and their own soul.
From the moment we laid our eyes on these beautiful surroundings, it was love at first sight. Everything in it works together perfectly. Plants have long since taken over space and created an unforgettable scene.
The time was right to introduce it to Landescape.
“Beauty in the bones that remained: floral art prints meet an abandoned greenhouse” is the first of (hopefully) many Landescape art projects to come. Approaching it with the same Landescape philosophy ― to create poetry that invites you to indulge your senses, and to cherish incompleteness and imperfection ― we wanted to present our prints in a different way, far from the usual sterile gallery environment, beyond the monotonous white walls and place them in nature’s backyard.
The magic that happened between the greenhouse and floral prints is both spiritual and poetic. The atmosphere is almost etheric. Its hypnotic and melancholic details lead you on a journey of serenity.
Our aim is to speak through images that draw you into their world. That world suddenly becomes tangible and you turn into the one who subconsciously gives the story its shape.