Sculpture Walk in Vasastan

On this walk through Vasastan, starting out from the Stockholm Public Library, we will meet art depicting scenes from everyday life. We explore the Stockholm that emerged at the beginning of the 20th century and between the world wars – an expanding city where great emphasis was put on art in public spaces, art that should encourage good citizenship. But what did such art look like? What did it depict? And who was chosen to create it?

In Vasastan, we walk through areas that soon are to undergo significant redevelopment. The ideals of education and cultivation that served as basis for change in earlier times are still apparent in the public artworks here. Typical themes and sculptural motifs are on display in the areas between Odenplan and Östermalm: children and youth at play (in Observatorielunden); female nudes; portraits of prominent men; and ornamental porticos. These themes can be found in sculpture in most Swedish cities. But there are also exceptions, for instance the mythological Centaur by Sigrid Fridman with its characteristic silhouette on the slope of Observatoriekullen. The imposing Vehicle by K G Bejermark at Eriksbergsplan is an example of the new modernist form that emerged in the cityscape from the 1960s onwards.

This walk starts at the Stockholm Public Library and continues past the park at the library and Kungstensgatan to Ellen Key’s Park and finishes at Karl Staaff’s Park next to Eriksbergsplan.

Meeting Point: outside the main entrance of the Stockholm Public Library, nearest underground stop Rådmansgatan, exit Stadsbiblioteket.

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.

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Thursday–Sunday 12–4 pm (drop in). Short introduction in English at 1.30 pm. Other times, group tours by appointment and collaborative events, see current and the calendar for more information.

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