Barbara Stauffacher Solomon unveils St. Moritz artwork

The municipality of St. Moritz and Serpentine are delighted to unveil a new large-scale graphic installation by American artist Barbara "Bobbie" Stauffacher Solomon (b. 1928, USA) on the shores of Lake St. Moritz. The project has been realised by St. Moritz Tourism, Serpentine and Elena Foster, in collaboration with and with support from von Bartha gallery and with the support of the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation. Entitled Welcome, the installation marks one of the first public artworks to be displayed in St. Moritz and will be on view until April 2023.
byFabrizio D'Aloisio

Standing at almost four metres high and 29 metres wide, Welcome is located at the entry point to the alpine town, close to the train station and the lake, acting as a symbol for the town’s hospitality and forward-thinking attitude. Incorporating Solomon’s self-created alphabet and typeface – the ‘BSS alphabet’, which the artist has designed and developed over the years, the installation has been crafted in a way that encourages the viewer to engage with each individual letter. This ‘supergraphic’ is neither lettering nor architecture but a hybrid form that has an astonishing spatial effect. The original idea for the piece came from a project with the artist initiated by Benedikt Wechsler, at the time Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco, and it has since found its ideal location in the town of St. Moritz.

Welcome by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon in St. Moritz © fotoswiss by Giancarlo Cattaneo | Courtesy of the artist and von Bartha | Drone images with permission from Airport Samedan

Based in San Francisco, nonagenarian, Solomon belongs to a generation that popularized the aesthetics of Swiss design and typography in the USA. Solomon’s celebrated career was originally born out of necessity - after the artist became a widow and single parent early in life, she was invited to study graphic design in Switzerland as a means to be able to support her young family. In Basel in the 1950s, she was the first American at the Kunstgewerbeschule, studying under acclaimed designer Armin Hofmann. Moving back to the USA, the artist became involved with the Sea Ranch, an idealist coastal community famed for its stripped back architecture, which the artist’s logo and colourful design helped cement into the hearts and minds of designers everywhere. It was at Sea Ranch where she created her ‘supergraphics’ and went on to become a key figure in the modern design movement of the 1960s and 70s.


  • Location: Via Grevas, stone wall on the St. Moritz lakeshore below the railway station
  • Construction and installation: October and November 2022
  • Opening: beginning of December 2022
  • Material and dimensions: 16 steel panels, 3.80 x 29.20 metres in total
  • Collaborators, partners and sponsors: Municipality of St. Moritz, St. Moritz Culture Office and St. Moritz Tourism (project management, on-site implementation), Serpentine, von Bartha Basel and Copenhagen, and Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation, Zurich
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