Curling statue unveiled in Olympic Park at Olympic Museum
The World Curling Federation has become the first Olympic Winter sport to have a sculpture placed in the Olympic Park at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and WCF President Kate Caithness officially unveiled the work by Swiss artist and sculptor Björn Zryd on Tuesday afternoon.
“It is a huge honour to have had President Bach unveil our Curling sculpture,” said WCF President Kate Caithness. “This sculpture further re-enforces the link between curling, the Olympic movement and the City of Lausanne.”
She added: “Björn has done a wonderful job of capturing the emotion and Spirit of Curling in his work which has been placed in a prime position in the Olympic Museum grounds for all to see.”
The idea for the statue was the work of past WCF Vice-President and Nagano Olympic gold medal winning skip Patrick Hürlimann and fellow WCF Hall of Fame member Jean-Paul Bidaud, both from Switzerland. They brought the Federation and artist into contact to work on the project.
As well as being honoured to have been bestowed such a project, Björn Zryd, himself a curler, has jokingly said that he has never managed to ‘keep the hammer’ for so long as the sculpture represented over 250 hours of work.
The sculpture, made of Italian Carrara marble, depicts a curler in delivery. It is two metres long and 80 centimetres high and is entitled Curling ‘Pure Emotion’.
It can be viewed in the Olympic Park surrounding the recently re-designed Olympic Museum at 1 quai d’Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland.
For more information about the Olympic Museum visit: www.olympic.org/museum