Christian Waldvogel

Life Cycle (Blade Tip Vortex)

Jetée centrale, Plage du Larvotto

Horaire : 29th April 2016 – 20:40 – 20:50

Duration:10 minutes

Photo Credit : © Christian Waldvogel, 2016

Zurich-based artist Christian Waldvogel’s studio is space. As in: outer space. Including planet earth. This has nothing to do with megalomania, but with conceptuality. For the Venice Architectural Biennale 2004, with his futurist vision Globus Cassus, he turned the earth inside out like a glove; and in 2010, Earth Turns Without Me involved an actual flight with a Swiss fighter jet. Flying westwards at a speed of 1158 km/h, the sun, as seen from the cockpit, stands still – for as long as this speed, equal to the speed of the earth turning, can be maintained. Waldvogel turned the cockpit into a camera obscura to take a picture of the sun standing still. In a somewhat similar vein, Waldvogel, for Nuit Blanche, will work with the connection between technology and natural phenomenon, creating a surprising sight, with the use of a helicopter, at Larvotto Beach.


Swiss architect and artist Christian Waldvogel was born in Austin, Texas (USA) in 1971, and lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. He considers himself as a conceptual artist who envisages humanity as a species, on a planet, in the universe. An understanding of the universe is an essential step in becoming a true citizen of the world.

He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Egypt and the USA. He regularly contributes to projects which bring together mathematicians, lawyers, microbiologists, astronauts, pilots, physicists and architects.

In 2004, he represented Switzerland at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale and received an award for his book, Globus Cassus, which was published for the occasion. In 2011, his Earth Extremes catalogue won a Best Designed Swiss Books award.