Balzac, Rousseau and Shelley to adorn streets of Neuchâtel

One side of the 240-metre mural project in Neuchâtel will feature some of the world's most famous thinkers and literary figures, from Alexandre Dumas to Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Mary Shelley.

Balzac, Rousseau and Shelley to adorn streets of Neuchâtel
A mural by local street artist Kesh in Neuchâtel's Passages des Moulins. Photo: ©Ville de Neuchatel.

The project to transform Rue du Neubourg starts today and painting will last two months, according to Emmanuel Gehrig, a spokesman for the City of Neuchâtel.  

“The idea is to fight tags in places particularly conducive to their proliferation,” Gehrig told The Local. “But also to beautify the city by paying tribute to its culture and its history.”

Local street artists Kesh and Wilo will partake in the project, which is being led by Canadian illustrator John Howe

A mural depicting famous 19th century figures at a train station in Neuchâtel. Photo: Ville de Neuchâtel.

Gehrig says there are other 19th century figures “scattered around the city” as part of the project Neuchâtel Belle Epoque promoted by local tourism body Neuchâtel Tourisme

Photo: Ville de Neuchâtel

The other side of Rue du Neubourg in the city's centre will depict landscapes. Quotes by famous people about the city of Neuchâtel will also be peppered across different parts of the wall. 

The project is funded by the Villablanca Association, a union of governmental and non-governmental organizations dedicated to removing and wiping out tags in the city, according to a press release by the City of Neuchâtel.

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Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss

An art project has shed light on the sheer scope of Switzerland’s glacier loss in recent years due to climate change.

Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss
Photo: Studio Oefner/ETH Zurich

The project looks to “visualise 140 years of glacial retreat through an interactive network”. 

READ: Swiss glaciers shrink ten percent in five years 

The project is led by Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, who has reproduced the receding glaciers using neon lines which contrast with images of the glaciers as they currently stand. 

In a collaboration with with Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and Google mapped the shrinking glaciers over time. 

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“Im interested in the concept of time and how change shapes the way we see reality”, Oefner says. 

Using drones equipped with LEDs, Oefner used real representations of glacial loss as the frame for the project. 

“I looked at maps where you could see the glacier in its current state and dozens of lines drawn on the map in front of it. Each of these lines represented where the glacier was in the past few decades,” Oefner said. 

“I wanted to find a way to transport the scientific data and bring it into reality”.