The urban art scene has long since arrived in Zurich and has met with lively interest among young and old alike. Zurich is considered the hotspot for street art in Switzerland alongside Basel. One of the most active and best-known street art artist groups is the duo One Truth, who have already made a name for themselves internationally. But other international artists have also left their mark on Zurich’s façades.
Find out here which street art works of art Zurich has to offer and how you can follow in the footsteps of great and unknown artists.
Street Art workshop Provider
Exploring the streets of Zurich with all its urban art scene subjects is still something you have to do on your own, because official providers of street art tours are currently only available in Basel. If you still want to get closer to artists and the scene, you can visit exhibitions on street art or take part in workshops in Switzerland.
Graffiti Street Art workshop on canvas
Book workshop online: https://www.geschenkparadies.ch/a/graffiti-street-art-work-shop-auf-canvas
Offer: Graffiti Workshop
Street Art workshop One Truth
Information about the workshop: http://www.onetruth.ch/what-we-do.html
Offer: Live Painting, Workshops, Team events
Explore Zurich’s street art scene for yourself
If you don’t want to walk through the streets of Zurich without a fixed starting point, we have put together a small tour for you that you can do without public transport. The tour starts in the heart of Zurich, not far from the main train station. The starting point is Gotthelferstrasse 53, a 13-minute walk from the main station. The artist duo One Truth have immortalised themselves on this house wall with a gigantic work of art. Street art by the duo, consisting of Dr. Drax and Pase, is more common in Zurich, especially in the form of graffiti on house fronts.
The path then continues into Sihlhallenstrasse. After a few metres you will see a red brick house which contains the Hotel Rothaus. You can easily spot her on the façade: The lady in the “Little Black Dress”. This work of art originates from the Design Studio Intégral Ruedi Baur. The simple figures represent the working population and can be found throughout Zurich.
The next hotspot lies in Zollstrasse. With the title “Machine Life”, abstract beings merge with machine elements to form a black-and-white work of art by the artists One Truth. It’s worth taking a closer look at this picture, because only then can you explore the many details.
Right next to it you will find this graffiti of an unknown artist:
If you turn around right away, you will discover a work of art by the international artist Tika in the adjacent Neugasse. There, a cyclist adorns the roller shutters of the Velocitta shop. Despite her art studies in Zurich, Tika is not yet too well known in Switzerland. In her mostly geometric works, she brings in things that concern her: Pollution of the environment and consumer behaviour.
From here we go into Rötelstrasse to the probably most photographed Street Art painting of the artist group One Truth. The work stretches over several houses and was designed in the same style as the one in Gotthelferstrasse.
Besides all the large and small, clearly visible and hidden works of art, there is one thing that is constantly striking in Zurich: The Rübli (Carrot). If you look for it, you will discover it almost everywhere. But what is it all about? No artist has ever claimed responsibility for this special carrot. What is certain is that the Incognito-Rübli has become a trend even without being spoken for by a known artist and decorates numerous house walls.
As of June 2016: Since street art is a dynamic and fast-paced art, it can happen that some of the artworks mentioned here have been replaced or brushed over with new ones.