This short film and miniature landscape tell a mythical tale of Wattens, the home town of Swarovski. A keen Google Earth traveller, Hilda Hellström created a fantastical record of her imagined story of local life after real and virtual trips to the company's HQ. She then transferred the digital topography of the Austrian mountains to a milling machine and carved its landscape from her own self-made stone. The Monument is a physical tribute to Hellström's ‘friends' in the Tyrolean mountains, intended to celebrate and commemorate craft in the digital age.
Hellström takes inspiration from the Dadaist and Romantic movements, which were both sceptical of reason in an irrational world. Like the Dadaists she incorporates elements of chance into her making processes, while also emphasising emotion above reason.