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Studio: Quirinus

Architect / Designer: André Quirinus Zurbriggen

Country: Switzerland

Copyright: André Quirinus Zurbriggen

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Dear Architecture & Design Community,
my name is André Quirinus Zurbriggen, I am an artist, art mediator and I am living in Brig, Switzerland. My basic education is electrician. I studied at the Valais University of Art in Sierre and Solothurn, Switzerland (Master of Arts) in “Art Education”.

A little story and a lot of weight needs support.
The name of our village Brig means “bridge”, because it can only be reached across the bridges over two rivers, the Saltina and Rhone. My current project is called “zur-brigga” and is a disused iron steel bridge over the Rhône in Brig. The bridge connects the communities of Naters and Brig and is to be revived as an art and meeting place as well as a cultural hotspot for tourists. Bridges connect, bridges cross borders. It is an ideal place to show art and meet each other. Symbolically, it is a challenge for any artist who not only wants to exhibit art, but also wants to build a bridge between the viewer and the work of art.

From 1912 to 2010 – almost a century – the bridge carried thousands of train travelers safely across the Rhône. Today it is no longer needed and is waiting to be revived.
This steel monument is riveted together like an old liner and of the same vintage as the Titanic. However, the bridge has not yet sunk. My primary concern is to save the old bridge from sinking. The flood safety regulations require a 2 meter elevation or demolition is imminent. According to agreement, it is possible to lift the 265 tons’ bridge on each side with a heavy-duty crane.
The project shows, a neuw concrete ramp on either side solves the flood problem and tempt the bridge a proud and dignified look.
The cooperation with engineers from various construction sectors was a success and confirmed the possibility of implementing the “zur-brigga” project

In 2017, I published a newspaper report. Under the title
“The bridge is a monument“. I talked about, how to create a landmarks sight out of
2.65 million kilos of scrap iron, but I didn’t talk about the fact, that each kilo costs 1 Swiss Franc, compared to the implementation costs. That’s a lot of money, but reason enough to enter your competition to gain attention.

Many thanks for the assessment. With kind regards.

André Quirinus Zurbriggen


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I view art as less about the production of something new, and much more about the appreciation of that which already exists, but which we haven’t yet consciously noticed.
I observe and identify the unique artistic potential of raw materials. This involves exploring and uncovering their latent potential.
I transport the objects into a new mold, a new context. In the act of creating art, which corresponds to that of establishing an evolution, the found objects take on a new destiny, they gain expression and substance. The everyday item earns a new description, it is transformed and given new life.