Behind the scenes
The "Grosse Giraffe", created by well-known Swiss sculptor Bernhard Luginbühl in 1969, has been removed from its prominent location at Grünspitz in Zürich. Due to the Formula E race which leads through the city of Zürich and also along Mythenquai, where Swiss Re is located, the sculpture was transported to a storage facility in Urdorf. It remains there temporarily until its new final location is determined.
Click the link on the left to see how the sculpture was moved.
Behind the scenes
The artwork "Verso la Luce" created by Swiss artist Silvio Mattioli in 1984 was part of Swiss Re’s art collection for more than 20 years. Until recently, the 7-tonne chrome-nickel steel sculpture was on loan to Swiss Life, standing on their forecourt on Badenerstrasse in Zurich. Due to structural changes, the roughly 10-metre tall sculpture has been moved to a new location: since January 2018, it has adorned the roundabout at the motorway exit Martigny-Fully.
The monumental sculpture integrates itself perfectly with the surrounding landscape. It’s the third piece of art by Silvio Mattioli in Martigny. As its name “Towards the light” suggests, it reaches up into the sky of the Valais and complements the 16 sculptures in the town’s collection.
Swiss Re donated the artwork to the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny at the end of 2017.
New art concept
Swiss Re Next, the new building at our head office in Zurich, is now open and captivates visitors and staff alike with its superior architecture and aesthetic quality. Commissioned art is one of its most salient features, with nine large-scale art installations distributed across the floors. The projects were already initiated at the beginning of the construction phase and were developed and realised together with the artists and expert teams. They are complemented by a mobile art concept that runs under the heading of Cultural Identity, showing the diversity and variety of both the artists and our employees. The two artistic elements offer a unique and bonding experience and at the same time serve as a means of orientation.
Even before planning for Swiss Re Next started, care was taken to ensure visitors and employees would often cross each other’s paths and that works of art at every turn would inspire dialogue among them. This dialogue is designed to arouse interest, encourage new ideas to take shape and help to challenge and overcome set ways of thinking. That's how we intend to stimulate and inspire people in Swiss Re Next in both emotional and intellectual terms.
Follow this link to the pictures and further details on the nine works of art.
Behind the scenes
On a regular basis Art at Swiss Re executes checks for damages on all artworks. We recently restored our "Sloping Progression" concrete sculpture in Rüschlikon, which the artist Sol LeWitt created especially for us in 2000.
Over the years, the sculpture had lost its sparkle due to its exposure to the weather - having acquired moss, lichens, stains, encrusted deposits of salt, and fissures. To restore it to its former glory, Art at Swiss Re decided to thoroughly clean it and to seal the concrete slabs with water repellent. First, specialists cleaned the sculpture with a pressure washer and peeled away the crusts with a pneumatic hammer. Then it was cleaned a second time with a particle jet. Experts filled the large chracks with mortar and injected smaller ones with latex. We made sure there was a break of several days between each step so that the artwork could dry off.
At the end of December 2016, we unveiled the sculpture in its new splendour.