Public art – an intervention

Train stations can be quite fascinating – strolling along with eyes open even more. What started today with looking at things on a construction wall on platform 16 of Zürich’s main station, followed by sharing it on the FB group ‘Found Paintings and Sculptures’ went eventually into a gestural public art event (drawing a frame and adding a signature) that I shared later on my IG account (with my own hashtag #paint4OCA):

Starting with being quite nervous about leaving my marks in public, it went overall into an intriguing experience that I found more and more exiting the more I looked at it. It evolved with making it, coming back a few times for short interventions, each time adding a new layer, marks ( frame -> signature -> inviting a friend -> adding hashtag). Beween each step communicating on social platforms).


  • Making the first step is the hardest challenge, anxious what other might say.
  • Being assertive and clear in my gesture and intention made it easier.
  • The work was not only a process of making but also a process of raising confidence. To have met a good friend and inviting her to take a photograph supported me in my adventure.
  • It matured and I can see now that this might actually evolve into a series – or just a different sensibility to putting me out there.
  • Once more, after the Showcase experience, questions of how to invite and engage with an audience appeared. Or just to leave my indexical trace alone ?
  • Open Questions of what might be allowed in public spaces? When to ask permission? Whom to ask? What if I make some interventions without asking (subversive)?
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  • Nov 15,2018 at 2:16 PM

    Stefan I am so thrilled you did this intervention! 😀 You made me smile in a wonderful snarky artistic way! Thank you for that 😀 Love it and hope to see more of this 😀

    • Stefan
      Nov 15,2018 at 3:36 PM

      Oh thanks – you give me a reason to continue hope your D1 is going well

      • Nov 15,2018 at 11:27 PM

        I am sure this was just the start of it 😉
        I am loving D1 😀 Thanks to our friend Dave’s advices I managed to get onto a good start. Waiting to see what the tutor says about my A1 piece 😉

  • Nov 15,2018 at 1:00 PM

    The size is now a big surprise! From the FB photos, I’d assumes none of them was bigger than around A5 or A4.

    • Stefan
      Nov 15,2018 at 1:32 PM

      Mmh – size matters!? Yes – human scale nearly – somehow this is a size that I can relate to most – perhaps for what I am doing else (art therapy , constellation work)

  • Nov 15,2018 at 12:58 PM

    This post (and the work) is really intriguing. Well done for stepping out in public. I love the orange with the work (good choice of garment)

    • Stefan
      Nov 15,2018 at 1:31 PM

      Thanks , Inger – somehow I start to like those things – and yes, I love orange – not (only) because I am Dutch 😉

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