«What a surprise! Huge goblins fill the room. Although the figures are firmly fixed, a dance festival seems to take place: Some sway and bend, others strut around or watch in calm silence what is going on.»

Peter Killer, art historian, former co-editor of the culture magazine "Du", former art critic Tages-Anzeiger


The "Tree Figure Cabinet" by artist Alfons Bürglers is a continuation of his longest and most successful creative phase "Body Writings" and fascinates viewers, buyers and critics alike.Grown trees, literally turned upside down by the artist Alfons Bürgler, can be seen in this gallery as goblins, women, men, lovers and dancers. In the associated AMBIENTE, encounters and exchanges take place. Since 2008, countless schools, groups or associations have visited this idiosyncratic little museum. In the meantime, it has developed into a popular cultural and meeting place in Steinen, which must be preserved. In August 2020, the artist therefore handed over the responsibility for reasons of age to the VEREIN BAUMFIGUREN-KABINETT ALFONS BÜRGLER, which wants to preserve the tree figure cabinet with him.






Board of Directors:

Roger Andermatt (President)
Elke Schepens (Vice President)
Alessandra Fässler (Actuary)
Monica Messerli (cashier)
Marie-Theres Ming (Assessor)
Roland Ullmann (Technology, Archive)
Alfons Bürgler (artist)


Register as a member:
Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein.      
annual membership fee: CHF 50

Support without becoming a member:

Kantonalbank Schwyz     Owner/Inhaber: Baumfiguren-Kabinett
Account CH11 0077 7008 1376 6233 4




Pictures about the invention of the tree figure

In 2003 Alfons Bürgler discovered his first tree figure in a bush, a small branch with two "legs" and two "arms". The accidental discovery was the beginning of a series of sculptures that still occupies him today. For these sculptures (human-like figures) he does not need the tools typical of wood sculptors, but only saws and pruning shears. He saws his tree figures from bushes and trees, which he finds in hedges and on forest edges. He specifically searches bush and tree branches for forms that he can turn into figures when turned 180 degrees. The smallest of the tree figures are a few centimeters high, the largest about three meters.