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HUMAN NATURE

THE FINAL CHAPTER IN A MAMMOTH MUSEUM PROJECT HAS RECENTLY BEEN COMPLETED – AND THE RESULT IS A MASTER CLASS IN SKY-HIGH ENGINEERING.

To reach the peak of Mount Kronplatz, a 2,275 meter-tall heap in South Tyrol, in northeastern Italy, visitors can choose to drive carefully up a rocky mountain road, hitch a lift in a hair-raising cable car, or trek five hours by foot. The summit, however one reaches it, is a wide expanse of prairie-like land, brown green in the summertime, home to a couple of chips-and-beer restaurants and an 18-ton iron Peace Bell that doesn’t appear to chime on the hour. In the winter months, people come here to ski. In the summer, they access the summit in order to paraglide or, more recently, to visit a new museum etched into the earth.

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