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Nevercrew: “Home Ground” in Chur, Switzerland

Nevercrew: “Home Ground” in Chur, Switzerland

The Alps, the lakes, the 360 degree views; yes this bear is in Switzerland. It is newly painted by Nevercrew for the young Street Art Festival here in Chur, a quiet town of 35,000 and the oldest town in the country.

The old part of the city is car-free and rather pristine and quiet most of the time, which is a mind-blowing concept for people in congested cities like New York where the morning radio traffic report is more important than the weather report.

Nevercrew. “Home ground” for Street Art Festival Chur. Chur, Switzerland. June 2018. (photo © Nevercrew)

The Swiss duo was back in their home country for a change for this one, which may have contributed to the name “Home Ground”. They tell us a very general background of it’s influences – which can be summarized as addressing natural resources, political borders v geographical boarders, cohabitation, and a broader discussion about who owns the earth and our natural resources.

Nevercrew. “Home ground” for Street Art Festival Chur. Chur, Switzerland. June 2018. (photo © Nevercrew)

Nevercrew. “Home ground” for Street Art Festival Chur. Chur, Switzerland. June 2018. (photo © Nevercrew)

Nevercrew. “Home ground” for Street Art Festival Chur. Chur, Switzerland. June 2018. (photo © Nevercrew)

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TIKA in Switzerland With a Shepherdess and Ibex

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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