Bruno Weber Park: enter a realm of fantasy!
On this Sunday afternoon, the owls at the entrance to the Bruno Weber Park greet us with a stern expression. It doesn’t take long before we realize that here, you’re plunged into a whole new world – the mythical world of the late Swiss artist Bruno Weber, who dedicated his life to the sculpture park between Dietikon and Spreitenbach. The sculptor and architect brought countless oversized and colorful sculptures to life across the park’s 15,000m2 (161,460ft2). The pieces were made by pouring concrete into plastic molds and covering them with mosaic pieces, resulting in a bizarre crowd of mythical creatures, impressive temple arches and exotic plant formations. It’s a dreamworld to explore, admire and celebrate. Let’s go!
The small four-year-old that we have in tow is electrified from the minute we arrive. He quickly leaves the gigantic owl at the park entrance behind, heading with determined steps towards the water garden, where a spider-like creature glitters in the center. This whimsical waterworld is surrounded by two giant, dragon-like sculptures known as winged dogs. The dogs are footbridges that you can climb onto – which is exactly what we do, and are greeted with a view across the whole park.
We’ve only just made it to the top before our little scoundrel is shouting again: “Mom, I want to go there!” He’s pointing to the old home of the late artist. It’s like a fairytale castle straight from a children’s book, with a 25-meter-high (82 feet) tower that almost brushes the sky. However, visitors to the park cannot access Weber’s former house. If you want to get an idea of what it’s like inside, you can watch a film about the life and creations of Bruno Weber in the park’s cultural room. It’s worth it.