Rieserferner-Ahrn Viewpoint
Rieserferner-Ahrn Viewpoint

For the last one of the three stone sculptures, Helmut Pizzinini chose the igneous stone type granite, which symbolises the Alps in the north. This 5.40 m high sculpture, consisting of three blocks of granite, is located on the northern slope of the Kronplatz. Alongside the main chain of the Alps, from this viewpoint, you can also admire the mountain landscape of the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park and look onto the Ahrntal valley.


The granite symbolises the Alps in the north. Granite is a so-called plutonite: an igneous rock formed by the slow cooling and solidification processes of magma below the earth's surface. Granite consists of the three minerals feldspar, quartz and mica and is characterised by its variety of colours, which can range from pink, white-grey, dark grey, blue-white and even up to greenish and yellowish tones. A closer look at the granite reveals that the light pink, salmon pink and white mineral components represent feldspars, while the dark mica mineral biotite emerges in the form of dark grey to black crystals and the light mica mineral muscovite as a shiny white-silver component. The actually light-coloured quartz, on the other hand, appears grey due to its translucent transparency, which acts like a “window in the rock”.