Inside View

Zofingen: Aluminum Sculptures as a Tribute to Employees

At the end of October, our former CEO Rudolf Hanko conducted a rare inauguration. He unveiled a work of art, “something that would address us as people and individuals, induce us to pause for a moment in the truest sense of the word, and give us food for thought”. More exactly, he inaugurated three human shapes made from aluminum which now guard the Siegfried site. The one stands on a tall column and welcomes visitors, the second guards the entrance to the ­Forum, and the third, deep in thought, sits on the passage that connects the two new office buildings. 

For Rudolf Hanko it was clear: “The dynamic construction ­activity we experienced at Siegfried in Zofingen has to be accompanied by art,” which had to fulfil two aspects: First, connect the industrial site with the city and, second, “be an homage to the people who come and go here every day, work here and often spend a lot of time here during a long phase of their lives”. In the demanding current environment, Siegfried wishes to keep in mind the people who make possible everything that we as a company achieve and stand for. 

The three sculptures were created by the Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. The group, which she named “Values”, impressively fits with the design of the new Forum building and our employees. It represents Siegfried’s values, which focus on interpersonal relationships. The sculpture sitting on the passage picks up the impulses of the employees and the management in the buildings, communicates them to the sculpture at the Forum, which ­subsequently transfers them to the 6.4 meter pylon surveying the outside. The same is true for the opposite direction: impulses from the outside are taken up and transferred to Siegfried’s management via the sitting figure on the bridge. 

In addition to Rudolf Hanko, the finding process was accompanied by Marianne Späne, Head Business Development & Sales, and Peter Gehler, Chief Communication Officer, as well as by Gertrud and Heinz Aeschlimann, art-st-urban. Latter brought together the Siegfried representatives with the Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir.