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Zurichhorn Park

This pleasant park to the south of the city centre stretches out beyond Utoquai, along the east shore of the Zurichsee and around the Zurichhorn, a promontory. The park contains sculptures by well-known modern artists. At the northern end stands a stone sculpture by Henry Moore, and at the southern end a large kinetic sculpture that Jean Tinguely created for Expo 64 in Lausanne. The piece is entitled Heureka, and from April to October at 11.15am and 5.15pm every day its mechanism is set in motion. In the eastern part of the park high walls enclose the Chinagarten. This Chinese garden, laid out in 1994, was a gift from Kunming, the Chinese city that is twinned with Zurich. It is filled with plants and small ornaments typical of the Chinese art of creating a formal garden (see illustration on p173). The park is bordered by several interesting buildings. On Hoschgasse is the Atelier Hermann Haller, the studio of this Swiss sculptor. Designed by Haller (1880—1950), it is a rare example of wooden Bauhaus architecture. The colourful pavilion next to it is Le Corbusier Haus. Designed by Le Corbusier, it is one of the last projects that this Swiss-born architect worked on before his death in 1965. The building contains a museum of graphic art. The Johann Jacobs Museum, at the junction of Kausstrasse and Seefeldquai, documents the social history of coffee in Europe. Exhibits include paintings and drawings, and porcelain and silver vessels made for the enjoyment of this prized beverage.

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