We’ve had almost five weeks of vacation, which I really needed. The computer also needed some time off, and decided to have a breakdown.
One of the best adventures we had was an unplanned trip to Pilane Sculpture Park. I love everything about sculpture parks. Pilane was no exception. First of all, the surrounding nature is spectacular! There are voluptuously green meadows with grave fields from the iron age and grazing sheep. But slowly the nature changes, and a rocky plateau with a magnificent view rises above this green paradise. And scattered all over the area are sculptures in different sizes and materials. You can easily spend a full day here when the weather is good; bring sturdy shoes, a blanket and picnic bag.
There´s only 24 hours a day, and a majority of them are spent sleeping, working, eating and doing household work. It’s a marvel I manage to squeeze in some sort of cultural consumption in that schedule.
One of the things I love about outdoor art is the accessibility. I can enjoy it whenever I wish to. When I ride my bike to the office, when I stroll in the city or even when visiting the library. I also like the story telling aspect of it. Sometimes the story is very direct, when a statue is depicting prominent people or events of the past. Other times it’s more indirect, telling us of the time and context when it was made.
These are just a few of the sculptures I’ve run in to the last month.
We've spent some days in Gothenburg. The weather was perfect, and we went to the Botanical Garden. And I just died and went to heaven. The rhododendrons! I finally understand the fuss about them. But even better was all the outdoor art. I must have seen well over 25 pieces.
Let's start with some traditional statues, in oxidized copper;
Moving on to stone sculptures;
Some wood art (which I love);
And a temporary exhibition; The Epifytic Society. My favourites were all made of stoneware;
There’s definitely something wrong with the climate. Last year I could harvest tomatoes in October. And now we’re having the coldest May for over 50 years, below zero several nights. But last weekend the sun actually came and paid a visit (a short one, but still). And of all days, it was the day of the “Cow Release”. The “Cow Release” is when the farmer let the cattle out of the barn to spend the forthcoming five or six months out on pasture, which has become like a festival. People bring picnic and a blanket, watch the cows and enjoy the spirit of spring.
And I saw this really cute statue of a horse and foal, just the right size for a small child to climb up. I love outdoor art. I love the way you can interact with it and that everyone can enjoy it. And that nature also interacts with it; that the art is part of something bigger, out of our control.
Surface pattern designer who loves folk art, gardening and the good things in life.