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Stockholm and Art by Bike

I had a great day tooling around Stockholm on a city rental bike, and wrote about the day here, for Travel Past 50. I ran across many cool little sites that weren’t mentioned on my audio guide. Here are a couple of favorite sculptures (Stockholm has a great variety of outdoor art), with info I dug up later.

This first sculpture and its mate mark the entrance to Berzelii Park. I have a thing for bears, so was sure to get photos. I later learned the artist is Carl Milles, the popular Swedish artist best known for his fountains. These “Playing Bears” were made on commission for this site in 1909.

Why is this Mama Bear torturing her young?

Why is this Mama Bear torturing her young?

Another sculpture that prompts a double take is this small one, no bigger than a fox. It’s at the busy intersection of Drottninggatan and Str√∂mgatan, at one end of a busy shopping street and in front of a the Prime Minister’s office and Government Chancellery. Nice corner. When the sculpture was purchased in 2008, it was decided that the homeless should vote where it would be placed. The voting was administered by the street newspaper, Situation Sthlm, which is sold by homeless people. Well done.

Rag and Bone with Blanket, by Laura Ford

Rag and Bone with Blanket, by Laura Ford



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