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The controversial soldier from the Uni district

It should be> the centerpiece and landmark of the new Zurich high school district

The large throw of the star architects to the existing Canton school gym office sports grounds soft. The city Council has waived the 1941-built gym complex at the Rämistrasse.

Because the gyms at home are like the Kunsthaus-the new building for the victims, exacerbating the sports facilities, the scarcity of the surrounding Canton schools. Now, the agent searches for education and vocational training office reported in urgent need of new solutions, such as the NZZ.

While the heavily used gyms make the Herzog&de Meuron, the new building of course, remains a little-noticed sculpture directly in front of the building: The four and a half metres high-soldiers monument "military will" of the Zurich sculptor Hans Brandenberger (1912-2003), which is directly on the facade in one of the bushes.

A gift from the "Landi"

between 1943 and 1947 created character from Castione marble shows a muscular man with naked torso, the überstreift a shirt; a soldier's helmet resting between his feet on the ground. "Military will" is a copy of brand Bergers soldiers monument to "military readiness", which is at the Swiss national exhibition of 1939 in Zurich great reputation. After the "Landi" gave the country an exhibition of the work of the Canton of Zurich. The sculpture reflects the Patriotic recollection of Switzerland in a time of great foreign policy threat and is considered to be a Symbol of the Spiritual defence of the country.

According to the historian Jakob Tanner brand Bergers embodied survival of large soldier with the slogan "Switzerland wants to defend themselves, Switzerland is able to defend itself, the Switzerland must defend itself". At the same time, the work was "hardly distinguishable from a heroic Soldier, as they also did in Germany and Italy Furore," as Tanner in 2015 in the book "history of Switzerland in the 20th century. Century," wrote.

in the Future, in the Forum UZH

Who had thought that the time of this military monument was expired with the transformation of the Univiertels, will now be disabused. The soldier in the bushes is amazing.

"not soft, The sculpture," confirms Dominik Bonderer, spokesman for the building Department. Both the architects Herzog & de Meuron, the University of Zurich as well as the art collection of the Canton of Zurich had agreed that the "military will" to get a place in the Forum of UZH. They are all considered brand Bergers sculpture as a get value.

"Although the exact future location," says Bonderer. However, there are already visualizations that show the marble soldiers in the midst of the modern architecture of the forum UZH. When the decision is made, the idea of a bridge to the Existing playing have – a Bauzeuge from the time of the emergence of the gyms to stay in the new building.

Video: the new high school quarters in Zurich A visualization concept shows the first building of the new University area at the Rämistrasse in Zurich. Video: city of Zurich

The artistic value of the monument is not without controversy. In the eyes of some of today's viewer, the monumental soldiers sculpture anachronistic acts to blunt. Other view of monuments from the Soviet era is remembered.

"The powerful Gesture of a Hodler is sought and in a unerträg more Pathos cast," wrote the art critic and exhibition curator Martin Heller in 1982 in the magazine "Werk, Bauen und Wohnen" on fire Bergers "military readiness" on the "Landi".

He recalled, "that such self-representation have referred to all non-compliant artistic formulations in the Opposition, or – disastrous – in the inner Emigration". After all, as Martin Heller, reflected in the sculpture, the contradictions of an "extreme, backward-looking social and political Situation in clear and unequivocal-to-read language".

Only a "lost angle"

also Controversial is the placement of the monument was a facade directly to the Gym. Of a "lost angle" was in 1947 in the "Schweizerische Bauzeitung" of the speech. A plastic of this Size, the festival also holds a motion, "requires a neutral and as wide as possible the background and should not be in front of a small, moreover, with other motives (round window, tree) - loaded surface." Much better of course would be about, on the other side of the Gloria road.

another of the soldiers monument since 1922 on the Forch: the military men, monument, popularly known as Forchdenkmal referred to, this is reminiscent of the Zurich soldiers who had died in the First and Second world war in active service.


Created: 27.01.2019, 20:33 PM

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