Les Arts Gstaad took yet another important step. After revisions to the plans and the bundling of the three parts of the project it has been approved by the municipality of Saanen and the Canton of Bern in a preliminary viewing.
But still, after all these years of hard work, it’s not finished yet. More steps are to be taken, more money to be collected and more people to be persuaded. A Herculean task!
I guess it’s not supposed to be a walk in the park because it’s not the average concert hall. It’s a visionary project with its location, size, acoustics, and architecture. It’s outstanding and provocative. It will be a landmark.
A project of this scale will have rough edges that are not to everybody’s liking. It’s even prone to polarise. But what I admire is the patience, resilience and efforts of the founding board. No matter in which direction this very project will go in the end, their work has been immensely important for Gstaad. That’s the kind of commitment a region needs.
At least on this, I hope, we all can agree.