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TIKA in Switzerland With a Shepherdess and Ibex

Posted on October 9, 2012

German Street Artist TIKA has been in Chur, Switzerland recently and last week she put up this piece called “Staibock & Hirtin”, which loosely translates to Albine Ibex and his shepherdess. It is a local theme, this heraldic animal, she says, that has a lot of history in this part of the country. She did the entire wall with aerosol, using stencils and some tape for details. She pulled back some of the aluminum tape to give it a relief structure, which is a technique she’s been experimenting with for a few years.

TIKA “Staibock & Hirtin” Chur, Switzerland. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

“One man with a long, wild, white beard was very interested in the piece and stopped to talk. He was super happy when he saw that I painted the alpine ibexes “zipfel” (a really old-fashioned Swiss word for penis) and he told me that in town nowadays they do not always paint it in the emblem and kids often ask why sometimes it has a penis and sometimes not.”

So there you have it, when in Chur doing a bit of gatukonst (street art), do as the Churians do and make sure all your ibexes have zipfels.

Great thanks to TIKA for sharing these new exclusive pics with BSA readers!

TIKA “Staibock & Hirtin” Chur, Switzerland. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

TIKA “Staibock & Hirtin” Chur, Switzerland. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

TIKA “Staibock & Hirtin” Chur, Switzerland. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

TIKA “Staibock & Hirtin” Chur, Switzerland. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

TIKA says he has also been using a scratching technique with his work. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

TIKA “Staibock & Hirtin” Chur, Switzerland. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

TIKA “Staibock & Hirtin” Chur, Switzerland. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

TIKA “Staibock & Hirtin” Chur, Switzerland. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

The views in Chur, Switzerland are pretty sweet, yo.  I’m going for “bucolic”, because that’s one of my favorite words. Also, “pastoral”. 2012. (photo © TIKA)

Yo, Chur, YOU know what time it is!  2012. (photo © TIKA)

 

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