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Vintage Art for Sale: Dock Crane, 90 Tons, Pick-up Required, Call Zürich!

Zurich Dock CraneWhat's the whole point? To bring a crane from Rostock in northern Germany all the way to the landlocked country of Switzerland? Imagine how many kilometers the ninety tons of steel had to travel to reach this spot at the Limmat river!

Zurich Dock CraneThe Zurich Transit Maritim exhibit even comes with an ear piercing ghost ship horn which will irregularly blast Zürich starting on May 10!

Zurich Dock Crane
Zurich Dock CraneCall it art, or a piece of recycled material, this dock crane is the winner of an international competition by the city of Zurich. Several years ago, the city was looking for a unique art installation that sparks a discussion among people on how to utilize public space.

Zurich Dock CraneThe crane definitively succeeded in igniting a debate! Beauty or beast, some are amused by this rusty giraffe looking down onto the rooftops of Zürich's medieval old town.

Zurich Dock Crane - Zurich Transit MaritimFor others, including myself, the dock crane is a symbol for disposable city taxes in the amount of 600'000 Swiss francs (plus private donations).

At the end of the exhibition in nine months, the sale of the steel scrap will hopefully help the city to recover financially and aesthetically.

What's your opinion of the Zürich dock crane?

Zurich Dock Crane(Photographs copyright by Dimitri Burkhard)

More Information

- Zurich Transit Maritim
- Where to find the dock crane


Mamiko truly loves to discover Switzerland through the Newly Swissed "frame" with her Japanese eyes for details and a spark of American curiosity. She wants to connect Newly Swissed with businesses and organizations in Switzerland and expand the network.

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