Basel was knitting for Zurich’s AUFSEHEN! About 100 kg wool and 250,000 m of thread People of Switzerland and Europe knitted into fabric. Basel proved to be an important centre for knitting. On 3rd July 2015 about 40 knitting friends visited the City Parking, in order to inaugurate the art work «Knitted Parking» together with the artistical director of the project, Ute Lennartz-Lembeck. The arrival of the bus from with the knitting friends were welcomed warmly. During the project new contacts and connections between Basel and Zurich were made. In the basement floor of the City Parking cooled beverages and tasty hotdogs were served to the guests. After the official part with words of gratitude and greetings on the part of the City Parkhaus AG and the artist, the knitting groups visited at first the installation «Knitted Parking» and subsequent the other projects at the guided tour with Zurich Tourism.
If you like to read up about the Summer Festival before your visit, you can find all information here on our website. You can also download the Festival Magazine as PDF. In the middle of the magazine you can find a map. The Festival Magazine is also available for free on site in the stores of the project partners and in the Zurich Tourist Service in Zurich main station. There you can also get information about guided tours. If you like to have all information to go, just download the app. With the app you can mark all projects, that you want to look at, as favourites. So you can arrange your personal tour. With the integrated map you will find easily your way.
Many still know them: the colourful, mostly cardboard tubes, that create great pictures when you look through and turn the tubes. Kaleidoscopes were already known by the ancient greeks. The name loose translated from the Old Greek means «Look beautiful pictures». The invention date back to the Scottish philosopher and scientist Sir David Brewster in 1816. The Kaleidoscope enjoyed a great popularity in the saloons of the victorian England and drifted succesfully to America. After the turn of the century the Kaleidoscopes fell into oblivion. At the end of seventies they experienced their comeback with their colourful pictures. As the kaleidoscope images are as numerous, as diverse and as ephemeral as snowflakes. Even the smallest movement suffices for the beautifully radiating structures to vanish, to blend into a new, unique composition made of light shape and colour for a short time. The pictures never recure and have a relaxing and calmative effect. The core piece is a reflecting prism at which the picutre is refracted. Accurate straightened mirrors create a symmetrical picture. During the Summer Festival you can look through two professional kaleidoscopes on the terrace of the Globus Zurich on the fifth floor. Experience new perspectives.
For hundred of years medical plants are used for different symptoms and diseases. A three-dimensional installation fits the theme of «medicinal plants» at the façade of the pharmacy Dr. Andres Stadelhofen. Metallic hemispheres show passionflower, devil’s claw, guarana and St John’s wort. But what is the secret of these medical plants? What are they used for?
Passionflower (passiflora incarnata) is a fascinating creeper. She stands out with her beautiful flower, that can have a diametre from 1 to 18 cm. She convices with her depressant and anticonvulsant ingredients. Passionflower helps against nervous restlessness, stress, excitability and anxiety disorder.
Devil’s claw is domestic in Africa. The big, bell-mouthed flowers shine light pink to purple. The effective substances are located in the roots beneath the ground. They are a proven additional drug against rhematism and arthrosis. Devil’s claw is also used against absence of appetite and gastronintestinal troubles.
The guarana plant is also called caffeine liane. As compared with a coffee bean she has got the fivefold amount of caffeine. Because of her stimulating effect she is used in the case of weak general condition, remittent concentrativeness or increased preassure to perform.
Like a battery the St John’s wort absorbs with its yellow flowers the power of the sun in the midsummer. The contained substances help against drepression, especially in the dark time of the year. St John’s wort brights the mood, calm down the nerves and helps against anxiety disorder.
In the herb garden in the courtyard of the pharmacy you can see the plants in fact. From these plants the pharmacy produces effective and unique medications. You can get the Dr. Andres house specialties, produced by the chemist himself, exclusively in the Dr. Andres Pharmacy Stadelhofen. Do take advice from the experts! A short guided tour (on Mondays and Wednesdays) gives you more information about the production of the products.
And everyone is celebrating with us! Jamadu will visit the Coop City St. Annahof and is giving balloons and give-aways to children from 1 pm to 6.30 pm. From 2 pm, the drumming group «SAF SAP New Generation» will get the vibe going with African rhythms. There will be several performances from 2 pm in front of the main entrance of St. Annahof. The Tatzelwurm, winding down the façade was designed by creative children.
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