Henry Moore's Sheep Piece by Lake Zurich is name for two connected huge bronze abstract sculptures.
This sculpture was erected in 1976 and in that time Henry Moore has exhibition of his work at the lakeside promenade at Zürichhorn. Supposedly that attracted 74000 people as a public work of art.
Henry Moor (1898-1986) was English artist and sculptor. He is world famous for his large scale abstract bronzes and he was considerate as ardent observer of nature.
Lakeside Promenade is beautiful park along the lake shore. This is area that very popular for relax during visiting city especially during summer. You can here enjoying in many popular outdoor activity such as inline skate, sunbathe and many water sports. You can explore jewelry vendors and see various street artists.
The Blatterwiese is popular lawn near lake surrounding with many facilities for entertainment.
This property was belonging to the city family Blatter. Today is popular place to relax for locals and visitors.
The Quaibrücke (mean: quay bridge) is name for bridge over Limmat river and it is connection between Bellevue and Bürkliplatz. The bridge is 121,29 m long and it is a road bridge. There is in the center a 5.8 m wide tram route. Also, two 5.9 m wide carriageway for motorized traffic, two 1.5 m wide bike paths on both sides and one each 4.95 m wide walkway. It is estimate that more then 50000 vehicles daily and 1530 trams.
On the lower part of bridge you can find a memory plaque with inscription some of relevant information about bridge. Original bridge was build from 1882 till 1884, and in 1939 was given today look. The author of design was famous city engineer Arnold Bürkli.
So, bridge was also part of a new lakefront design with broad promenades and parks, but all of this was completed about six months after the bridge. The bridge cost 18 million £. The cavity on the abutment Bellevue was repaired in 2007 and strengthened.
Summarize about bridge:
The bridge have five openings with a span of 22625 m at the edge areas, 2476 m for the first internal field and 26.52 m for the central opening. The composite cross-section of the beam bridge consists of four steel main girders with a height of 3.0 m and 1.1 m above the pillars at mid-span, which are connected with the 25 to 45 cm thick reinforced concrete slab-positively. The present superstructure have 4080 t.
Anyway, I did only photo and read about the bridge then and and walk on it so it was a wonderful day!
I have a habit that when I come in some place try to see everything and learn everything. So here am on beautiful Zurich lake and I found many interesting spots and learn a new word - Bürkliplatz.
So what is or who is Bürkliplatz?
Bürkliplatz is a boat harbor with many ship piers and all cruises on Zurich lake starts here. It was named after city architect Arnold Bürkli who give the present design. Namely, at the end of the 19th century, here was city dump along Lake Zürich’s shoreline. So, up today continuous lakeside promenade with alleys, meadows and parks was created. You can enjoy by siting on many benches along the lake, chilling by refreshing lake breezes and admire the Alps in front of you.
Lake Zurich (Swiss German: Zürisee; German: Zürichsee) is a lake in Switzerland, extending southeast of the city of Zurich.
Zürichsee is strictly the name of the part of the lake downstream of the dam at Rapperswil. The part upstream of the Rapperswil dam is called Obersee, and is shared between the cantons of St. Gallen and Schwyz.
I liked the swans on lake.
Boat trip on Zurich lake is definitely one of the things to do. There are lots of options what kind of trip u want on lake or what kind of money you want to spend, I took trip from main harbor to somewhere near Chinese garden, it didn't cost a lot of money and it is in walking distance back to sity centre. It is very nice walk along a lake if u have nice weather.
U can have a stuffed pratzel on way back :)) to refuel your energy.
City of Zürich locate on northern bank of lake. Lake Zürich is a main natural attraction and activity site in the city. Northern part of the lake is surrounded by city and southern part by mountains. Different activities for rest are organized on the promenade around lake. There are grounds for sunbathing with places for swimming, ports for jachts and small boats, cafes, WC-s. Lots of toddle boats floating on the lake - buying the ticket you can float on the lake. The lake offers great views on nature - water and mountains (also high Alps) and on old town panorama. Only discomfort thing - uneven stone beaches and lake base - just for people who dont swim on the deep.
The first thing you notice when arriving in Zurich city is the beautiful lake with lovely boardwalks and bridges. The view is spectacular.
Take the time to walk slowely and savour the moment.
One of the key attractions to Zurich is the lake, sweeping as it does from the city 'boomerang' shape for 40 kms to the dam at Rapperswil (the lake continues beyond the dam but it becomes known as the Obersee).
It's something of a sliver of a lake - at its widest its still only 3kms - and, close as it is to Zurich, built up along its shorelines. The further southeast you go, the more mountainous a backdrop you get.
Trains connect both shorelines with Zurich Hauptbahnhof, so it's straightforward to move up and down the lake.
Public baths and beaches abound - the closest to Zurich being just beyond the Quaibrucke on the eastern shoreline.
But cruising on the lake is the big attraction for tourists and just about every taste is catered for - from short scenic trips to the 2 hour Grosse Rundfahrten (Big Round Trip) that goes down to Rapperswil. But there's also breakfast, lunch, sunset, BBQ, jazz, salsa, golden oldies trips and more (although services are reduced during Winter). All leave from Burkliplatz on the western shoreline beyond Quaibrucke.
Zürich lies at the northwestern tip of a long lake known as Zürichsee (or Lake Zurich, in English). It provides the city with beautiful scenery and views that extend to the snow-capped Alps. In summer, the lakefront becomes alive with people after work and on weekends, when the locals enjoy the vistas the outdoors.
The photo here is of the entry to the beach, Strandbad in Tiefenbrunnen which we saw after we walked from Zurichhorn towards the train station in the district. The reason why I took this (bad and blurry, because it was near dark) photo is in a simple and symphatic, creative design of the entry gates - one more manifestition of how creative grounds there are for designers in Zurich. A non-conventional expressions of art in public areas are always related with state of open society, as well as with fortune they deal with and are ready to spend for the public. Very good.
The gates remind me to mushrooms, but they can be also related to umbrellas I guess.
Spacious lawns, shade of the trees in groups, or individual ones by the lake at the spot called Blatterwiese, near Chinese garden, Le Corbusier museum and facing lake panorama - that makes this area one of the most attractive settings in cosmopolitan Zurich and can be easily done on a comfortable and scenic hike from centre (well, it is still centre here if you look on the map).
I immagine it's liveliest in summer, but it wasn't deserted on a grey winter day either - simply, this kind of place has its regulars and its not to be missed by visitors as well. We spotted several dogs walking (with their owners) and few kids were up climbing in the playground - the playgroung itself is very good done and could be model for other such grounds, but let the trees grow a bit higher for more shadow. Few people were doing sports and most were just promenading.
And then you go on, towards Zurichhorn near, a little further, see sculptures, get close to water, maybe fall by slippery stone (it happens so be carful when you test close touch with water in winter), take a coffee break somewhere (maybe in casino?), see secluded pond where you can try jumping from one post to another or just continue along the shore with many exchanging lovely views. It is really one of those magic places in city for which you're decided to re-visit in another season.
Finally, there are more than enough birds for the eyes to rest, too. Located on strategically important points (for them: where they get crumbs since they got used to people feeding them) in centre by the lakeshore (near Bellvue along the quay) they will certainly harvest attention and be recorded on many pictures around the world.
Well, this wildlife here is humble and winters are harsh, and it makes pleasant temporary occupation to watch them... or feed them. But let it be good crumbs, not molded. Kids as well as adults come to these spots to contemplate with birds and as long as there is food, photo session with them is guaranteed.
Gulls, ducks, pigeon, liska (sorry I dunno their english name), swans compete with eachother and it seems gulls are the winner in the contest, the fastest. Slowliest are ducks and liskas, so I tried hard to throw in their direction but it's very difficult to beat those speedy and cunning gulls who catch the food also during flight and fight agressively with eachother. One more thing about gulls: they seem to like to use swan's back as a transportation 'island'. Clever they are all.
Everything in Zurich is so well laid out and so clean. It's simply unbelievable.
I have heard and read a lot about how the Lake Zurich was once in total decay. It was a veritable dumping ground for the city's garbage until someone took it up on himself to set things right. Today Lake Zurich is one of the most beautiful lakes in Suisse.
Now, I was just wondering if you have any idea who was the great guy who started it all. the person who changed the lake from a garbage dumpyard into what it is today - the most beautiful lake in Suisse.