A time capsule at the Three Peaks

To commemorate the anniversary of the First Ascent of the Great Peaks by Paul Grohmann, Peter Salcher and Franz Innerkofler, we had the idea to set a monument in the proximity of the Three Peaks, one of the symbols of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage. Indeed the anniversary of the first ascent does not only refers to the alpine performance itself, but also is meant to settle a new sense of responsibility for the protection and preservation of the Dolomites.

These monument will be a time capsule, which will be inaugurated on 21st of August 2019 and sealed at the same time. A time capsule is a historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future people. The capsule will be reopened in a future time, in our case in the year 2069.

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We asked therefore the children of the primary schools of Dobbiaco and Sesto, "our adults of tomorrow", to write down on paper their ideas of how their land, lives and the Dolomites will change in 50 years. The paper is a handmade cotton paper, which conserves even after many years. It was kindly provided by the Paper and Watermark Museum of Fabriano (Ancona province). The children used pens are the "Mandipen", better known as the astronaut pen Fischer Space Pen®. These pens work well in difficult conditions and do not fade even after many years. The pens were kindly lent to us by the cultural association "Scriptorium Foroiuliense" of the municipality of San Daniele in Friuli.

The thoughts and desires of the children, as well as representatives of various institutions, politics, press and tourism will be then collected and sealed in PVC pipes with a watertight screw cap. Thanks to the unique paper and pens, these messages will continue to be legible in 2069, when the time capsule will be opened again.

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