If we were to have a bird’s-eye view of Northern Zurich, we would be able to make out a complex structure of lines and stripes. These are carriageway edges, centre lines, car park markings and zebra crossings. They regulate car and bicycle traffic, organise pedestrian flows and arrange parking cars. This is precisely what interests Raphael Hefti (b. 1978 in Switzerland). Thus, for his project in the exhibition New North Zurich, he chose a special location: the large public car park beside the cycle-racing track Offene Rennbahn Oerlikon. Fascinated by the car park markings on the ground, Hefti acquired a conventional marking machine and has covered the asphalt with a very colourful and amorphous linear web, supplementing the pre-existing white stripes. Paint, public space and technology – from three components, either a conventional car park or a surprising and inspiring location can emerge. Now, both are here.
Courtesy of the artist and Beat Raeber, Galerie