Apart from when they are winning home matches surrounded by jubilant fans in the stadium Hallenstadion Zurich, the ZSC Lions are to be found gliding across the ice rink Kunsteisbahn Oerlikon for their training. In the immediate vicinity of a cycle-racing track, stadium and indoor swimming pool, this facility has been used by various ice-sport clubs since 1984. In the cool hall architecture, beneath a mighty arched roof structure with corrugated panels, figure skaters in extravagant sparkling costumes practice jumps and figures for their freestyle programmes. The same is true of the Eisläuferpaar (Ice-Skating Pair) depicted by Zurich artist Alex Sadkowsky (b. 1934 in Switzerland) above the entrance to the ice rink, captured during a pirouette or “salchow”.
Breaking away from reality in this way characterises Sadkowsky’s multifaceted and fantastical oeuvre, which encompasses drawn and painted works, as well as videos, performances, literature and poetry. This large painting on plywood panels, produced as an art-in-architecture project, is peppered with motifs from Sadkowsky’s poetically painterly repertoire of symbols. Elementary aspects of human life become recurring symbolic subjects. The representation of lovers, here in the form of the ice-skating pair, is one of these “human allegories”. Eisläuferpaar, which adorns the rough grey front of Kunsteisbahn Oerlikon, is Sadkowsky’s only work in the public space.
Courtesy of Stadt Zürich, Fachstelle Kunst und Bau