Switzerland –  Churfirsten is a mountain range of incredibly jagged peaks that rise up to 2,306 metres above sea level over Lake Walen at 419 metres. The ridges to the north descend more gently towards Toggenburg.

The Flumserberg mountains offer a par- ticularly impressive view of the Chur-rsten range. Indeed, it was this perspec- tive that designer Bernadette Baltis chose for the special stamps.

The seven most famous peaks form a con- tinuous panorama, split across four stamps. The vignette with the names of the individual mountain peaks is unique to the sheet. The mountain heights are also listed on the lower sheet margin. Bernadette Baltis is an experienced stamp designer and created a panorama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau ten years ago. In her latest work, the impres- sive mountain peaks and the picture as a whole create a 3D effect. The striking horizontal geological strata can also be seen extremely clearly. This effect is cre- ated by the designer’s special working methods. The design is based on more than a dozen photographs. These were combined to form a collage and painstak- ingly reworked by hand using coloured pencils. The designer left out insigni – cant elements and highlighted key de- tails – the result is ultimately a drawing!

Issue Date: 11.05.2017