Toni Mair (19402015)

Toni Mair died on the 8th of August 2015 at the age of 75. Toni was an outstanding relief builder. In many museums his works, which he created with ample love for details and scientific meticulousness, are to be admired. We will always honour Toni in our memories.

Portrait Toni Mair

Toni Mair, a former high school teacher for geography and geology, passionately creates alpine landscape models made of plaster. Several dozen models of beauty came into existence (full list). Most of them are nature-like or geologically coloured. One of his masterpieces is the relief of Canton Aargau with its huge dimension of 23m2. It is displayed at the museum naturama in Aarau. In addition, Toni Mair restores models for museums and exhibitions, e.g. Imhofs Bietschhorn relief [2].

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  Relief Dent Blanche

Dent Blanche (Switzerland) 1:5,000, 104 x 115 cm, Toni Mair, 2005, copies are displayed at Focus Terra exhibition in Zurich, and at Cabane de la Dent Blanche.
Engelberg relief
Eiger north face relief
Semien National Park, Ethiopia

[1] Mair, Toni. Grieder Susanne. Das Landschaftsrelief – Symbiose von Wissenschaft und Kunsthandwerk. Mit Schweizer Reliefkatalog. Verlag hier+jetzt. Baden, Schweiz. 2006. S.176.

[2] Räber, Stefan. Le relief du Bietschhorn – Restauration d'une montagne. Les Alpes, 11/2006. Club Alpin Suisse CAS, Berne, p.36-37. 2006, pdf.