Friday, April 28, 2006

The forgotten monument

Now what´s this you may ask. Is it the remains of some old medival building in the middle of Stockholm? Is it old? It sure looks old. What is it?

Those questions thousands of tourists ask themselves each year.
These twelve stonefigures may look pretty obscure but they were very controversial when they first appeared a few years ago. This is Swedens monument to the greatest hero that we´ve ever had. Raoul Wallenberg. The man who saved tens of thousands of jews in Hungary during world war II.
The man who has had several statues and monuments raised around the world got rewarded with this in Sweden. Kirsten Ortweds, who is the artist behind this heap of rubble, point was that the twelve differently formed pieces would form the tens of thousands of people struggle for hope and freedom through Wallenberg.

Can you see it? We can´t. The monument, is like the memory of Wallenberg here in Sweden, neglected. When it snows during the winter you can´t even see it.
And on a dim day like this people just pass it by.

Many thanks for the friendly welcoming comments! See you tomorrow =)


At 7:22 AM, Blogger Cameron said...

yeah this is sad. i am swedish, but i have never ever reflected over these "lumps" before. infact, i did not know what it was! and what's the deal with a monument that dissapears in snow? this is sweden for gods sake!

ok, enough about that. great pictures man, keep it up :)

At 7:34 PM, Blogger luminlight said...

Welcome!! Look forward to more photos from you!

At 9:28 AM, Blogger chris.h. said...

great shot and great (if unusual) monument. You think Sweden will ever do one for Sven?? (Didnt think so--we wont in England either---unless of course we win the wo....yeah sorry--silly thought!!) :-)


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