Alfred Escher – the Designer of Modern Switzerland
The Swiss politician and entrepreneur Alfred Escher watches over Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse
Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling created this bronze statue in 1889 in honor of Alfred Escher, a renowned Zurich politician and entrepreneur.
Escher founded one of Switzerland’s two large banks and three of its largest insurance companies to finance and insure the Gotthard railway line and tunnel, among other things. Because there were not enough engineers available for the construction, he also co-founded the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
The sculpture is located at the heart of Escher’s achievements: between the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the Main Railway Station (as a link to the Gotthard railway line) and the Paradeplatz, a banking site.