Point of view


Marcus Egli is a Swiss sculptor from Zurich born within a family of craftsmen. He studied precision engineering in Le Locle (Switzerland) before turning to metal sculpture and in particular aluminium in 1980 together with his wife Rita.

One of the leitmotivs of their artistic practice revolves around a character they call <i>Hominium</i>, a small figurine featuring an upright posture and a face polished like a reflecting mirror. This is what it's all about: sending back our own image as a human being, alone or accompanied.

The <i>Hominium</i> is presented solo or in a formation of two, three, four, five or six assembled characters. Some are in circular groups, others positioned one behind the other or in a more military alignment. They can accumulate in compact groups symbolising city populations or remain more solitary, again as a reflection of human nature. Although of similar appearance, each character is different because it is sculpted and shaped by hand by the two sculptors.

Their creations have been exhibited at the Council Chamber of Neufchâtel, and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Le Locle (Switzerland). They were also seen in advertising campaigns for American Express and major watch brands.