Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Picasso meets the country

I just came back from one of my trips with work. And I thought I would cheat a bit and show you a picture not from Stockholm, but from a place 300 kilometres west of Stockholm. Work brought me to a sleepy little town called Kristinehamn.
But for once there was a really eyecatcher that I felt I needed to share. And not just any eyecatcher. But a 15 metre tall artobject designed by the big man himself, Pablo Picasso!

The sculpture is supposed to be of Picassos wife Jaqueline and the background to it is quite coincidental I have learned. Picasso wanted to make a big sculpture and through a norweigan artist called Carl Nejsar he made connections with Bengt Olsson, a local artist from Kristinehamn.

After being shown pictures of a possible place (the sculpture lies beautifully at Swedens biggest lake, Vänern) and after the local county decided they would pay for it Picasso answered with a single note: "Qui. Date 7.7 1964."
At 15 metres and over 8 tons in weight this is one of the biggest Picasso sculptures in the world. It made my travel with work certainly worthwhile!


At 10:17 PM, Blogger No. 78 said...

thank you for sharing these photos with us. It is exciting.

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Cameron said...

cool! doesn't look to be that massive though, but i take your word for it :D

At 5:48 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

Interesting! Is it made of stone?

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