For more than a year, miniatures of mountain chalets from the Tatras have been exhibited in the old jurors’ towers at the Hrebienok resort in the High Tatras, brought to life after several decades of not being used. The visitors of this resort can see them without greater effort and within a short time, the SITA newswire wrote on November 26.
The creator of these miniatures is the Poprad-based visual artist Peter Trembáč.
“We considered that older people as well tend to visit the Tatras, who are not able anymore to walk to the chalets; also families with small children,” Trembáč presented the original intention of the exhibition, as quoted by SITA. “The exhibition is educational and instructional, since aside from the models, we also have panels about local flora, and a brief description of the animals living in the Tatras in Slovak and English.”
Currently, 10 chalets on the Slovak side of the Tatras are being exhibited, and one from the Polish side. The exhibition leads visitors from the western part of mountains to the east.
“It starts with the Chata pod Soliskom Chalet, followed by the Majláthova Chata (Chalet near Popradské Pleso Lake), by the Chata pod Rysmi Chalet, Zbojnícka, Téryho and Zamkovského Chata; and the oldest Tatra shelter for hikers, i.e. Rainerova Chata,” Trembáč said, as quoted by SITA. “We continue to the Skalnatá Dolina Valley, where we have Skalnatá Chata, then there is Chata pri Zelenom Plese, and it all ends with the Plesnivec chalet.“
The latest asset is the Polish chalet, in the Dolina Piatich Poľských Plies (Valley of the Five Polish Mountain Lakes).
"Currently, I'm working on another Polish one, the Murowaniec Chalet," the artist added, as quoted by SITA.
What is the Tatra chalets exhibition about?
The atmosphere in the towers is enhanced by the replicas identical to the originals through photos on the windows with panoramic views of the valleys where the chalets are located.
One miniature took about two to three months to complete, and Trembáč worked solely with natural materials. He noted it required enormous patience.
“The chalets are tiny, I often worked with a magnifying glass,” he told SITA. “The worst thing to do was the frame, since I had to make a precise proportion with the original, to make it identical, and then details were added.”
The artist says modelling interested him when he was still a child. Despite the fact that he spent a lot of time in the Tatras, he knows the chalets well and visited them in the past. Photographs of them also helped photographs, especially with those chalets being renovated and rebuilt.