Le Crayon takes up residence in Zurich




September 2021

After being unveiled in Basel, the giant pencil made by NFIC was installed as a venue for concerts and performances in the heart of Zurich.

From 25 to 27 June 2021, the Crayon altered the urban landscape in the historic setting of Grossmünsterplatz, much to the amazement of passers-by. Contemporary music concerts, architectural debates, workshops and performances were held – all in strict compliance with health measures.

A new kind of musical instrument

Designed by the Rohrwerk sound factory, this ephemeral installation takes the form of a giant 41-metre high acoustic pencil that serves as a musical instrument, an open space for performances and also a place for discussion.

Although the design of the Crayon is the work of the firm Made In sàrl, NFIC contributed all its technical expertise to the project. We were commissioned to study the safety of the structure and ensure that it could withstand the environmental conditions (such as wind forces of up to 47 km/h), as well as to analyse the balance and fixation system on the ground.

Tour of Switzerland

As well as being of unusual design and size, the installation is also nomadic. It was unveiled at the Kunstmuseum Basel in 2019 and will travel to five cities in Switzerland. After Zurich, its second stop, the Crayon will be presented at the Rolex Learning Center of the EPFL in Lucerne and at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva.

Find out more: https://www.kulturzueri.ch/kulturdatenbank-zurich/veranstaltungen/rohrwerk-fabrique-sonore/