Tuscany, 2001-2003 | Diner series

Empire Diner

2003 acrylic on canvas 125x125 cm

Park West

2002 acrylic on canvas 105x105 cm


2002 acrylic on canvas 105x105 cm

During his travels in the year 2000 through various states and locations in the US, Banziger discovered the alluring beauty of diners. These are an unique American icon, originally built out of discarded railway dining cars, and first used as restaurants during the Great Depression. In the 1940's and 1950's, well known manufacturers like Kullman and Paramount started to build them with the famous stainless steel look, and called them 'Luncheonettes'. From the moment of their inception the concept was a success; easy and delightful fast food at reasonable prices in a nostalgic atmosphere. Soon, they became the favorite meeting place for America's youth, where they could socialize, listen to the latest music coming out of a jukebox, and savor hamburgers, milkshakes and ice cream sundaes. From the late 80's through the 90's, these kinds of diners enjoyed a revival, which Banziger captures in an impressive body of work.