Points of reference in the Zurich Main Station
Photographer Bernard Garon
The regular passengers know this meeting point and describe it as the place under the giant clock.
Meeting point too
Even when pretty crowded the mmeting point is probably the best place to stand or move around, wait and finally meet someone. Many people of many kind also like the place for simply it's animation.
Going home on dad's shoulders
This was the mechanical departure table in the transverse hall. The picture was taken at one of the seldom moments when all panels changed their messages at the same time. The destinations panels rotated every three or four minutes, keeping the table up-to-date. The producing company closed some years ago and for technical reasons the table had to be replaced in 2015 with a digital one. The magic of the rotating panels and their rattle is lost.
Giant clock of the meeting point
Like the most clocks in the station also this one synchronizes every minute with a central IT system.
The angel in the main concourse. A creation of Niki de Saint Phalle
The Philosophic Egg
Created by Mario Merz. The number series (called Fibonacci sequence) follows a simple pattern: the addition of a number with is precedent 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5 and so on infinitely. The red lines represent the lifeline of the station, its dynamism and movement. The animals represent the comings and goings at the station and in the world.
Alfred Escher Infinity
Alfred Escher 1819 - 1882 ) was a Swiss politician, business leader and railways pioneer. The Alfred Escher memorial designed by Kissling and erected outside the Zurich main railway station in front of the main gate. Escher was originally facing the railway passengers coming out of the station, welcoming them. The influent people of the Bahnhofstrasse didn't appreciate to look at the back of the statue and requested the cantonal parliament to turn it around (Auszug aus dem Protokoll des Regierungsrates des Kantons Zürich KR-Nr. 156/1999). This is the reason why the little boy below reaches laurels to an Escher that now turns his back on the boy.