Those who enjoy a truly fantastical experience will be delighted to learn that Switzerland’s beloved Bruno Weber Sculpture Park is being reopened only a few months after its closure.
Located in the municipalities of Spreitenbach and Dietikon, this sculpture park began as the home and studio of Swiss artist Bruno Weber in 1962. Over time and with contributions from other artists as well as help from his family, Weber expanded this humble site to create a massive sculpture park that welcomed some 20,000 visitors each year and spanned about 20,000 square kilometres. It even received its own Bruno Weber Weg, a street leading from the municipal train station to the park.
The site remained a vibrant part of Swiss culture, even after Weber’s passing in 2011, until October 2014 when the park was closed down. However, less than six months later, the park is preparing to welcome visitors again, as supporters of Weber and his unusual realism sculptures have raised enough funds to reopen in April 2015.
Visitors can again explore the park to discover a plethora of colourful and bizarre larger-than-life structures, such as regal giraffes, curious snakes, majestic elephants, looming towers and alien-like creatures. All are carved from stone, crafted by hand and pieced together in mosaic. And it’s not just for looking: Guests are welcome to climb, slide and sit on the sculptures.
Those interested in exploring Bruno Weber Sculpture Park should keep in mind that the site is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April through October, but only Sundays during the rest of the year. During your visit, be sure to hike the trail up to Zurich’s Uetliberg mountain, as the path is lined with several of Weber’s sculptures and offers a magnificent view of the city below.