Saturday, 2 June 2012

Sculpture Biennal 2012–The Grand Opening

Today was the opening ceremony of the Sculpture Biennal 2012 in my town (Borås, Sweden).

When I set out from home around 10:30 AM it looked like we were going to have a sunny and fine day - but the wind turned out to be so cold I actually wished I’d taken my winter jacket! Brrr! And just as the opening ceremony started at noon, so did the rain…

I’m glad I went early because that gave me a chance to walk around and look at many of the sculptures before the “crowd” began to gather – and I even got a bit of blue sky in some of my photos.


Most of the new/borrowed sculptures this time are displayed in and outside/near our Cultural Centre (the building in the background above), which was re-opened last autumn after a major renovation. The building houses the art museum, the town library and the town theatre.


Opposite the Cultural Centre is one of two big old churches in the town centre belonging to the Church of Sweden, which used to be state church until church and state were separated in the year 2000.

Actually this church is not all that old – it’s from 1906.

In the Sculpture Biennal of 2012, the Cultural Centre and the Church are cooperating, and some of the borrowed sculptures are on display inside the church.


The Biennal opening ceremony took place in the little park behind the church. You can see from the way people were dressed that it was far from a hot day!


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I have to confess that when it started to rain, I gave up staying around to listen to the whole speech. Instead I sneaked away to have a cup of tea in the café, before the rest of the crowd got the same idea…


The sculpture in the pictures above is

Var rädd om jorden [Look after the Earth]
by Carl-Fredrik Reutersvärd

Here is what the Biennal brochure says about it:

The breadth of Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd’s art manifests itself by crossing the boundaries between different genres and techniques. His works often show the influence of humour, puns and word association games. At the age of 55, Reuterswärd had a stroke which paralysed him on his right side. Since then he has worked hard to re-learn how to write and paint - now with his left hand.

The bronze sculpture called Var rädd om jorden [Look after the Earth] (2010), is an exclamation mark at a distance, but the Earth detonated when viewed more closely. Looking after one another and our Earth, living to ensure we do not poison, over-consume and stress ourselves into violence and unnecessary depletion of the Earth’s resources, are the messages the artist wants to convey. The work was donated to the town of Borås before the re-opening of the Cultural Centre.

More sculptures coming up in future posts!
(Also in my Picture Book blog.)



  1. Your town center looks very attractive, with the church and sculptures.

    1. This is not quite THE town centre, but on the whole I think they did well with the recent "makeover" of this open place between the Cultural Centre and the church. And it's certainly a good place to display a few extra sculptures.

  2. It looks like a giant exclamation mark! But in the last picture, the top part is gone!

    1. Yes, you kind of sum up "the point" of the sculpture there...!
      With the last photo I just wanted to get up close to show that the bottom part is the Earth, with the familiar continents embossed on it.

  3. Oh goodie gumdrops: sculpture time again! A good start too so far as I am concerned because I like the Reutersvärd.

    1. There were some I really liked, and some not so much, among the new ones. One or two I think I shall have to go back to for better photos, but they will be there all summer so there should be time for that.

  4. i love the up close of the bottom of the exclamation point, but am not crazy about it as a whole exclamation point. i much prefer the church behind it even is it is not OLD ha ha on that. here 1906 is OLD.

    1. I knew some American would say that ;) Just comparing it to our even older church (which I have shown photos of before) which was built in the 17th century and preceded by other churches on the same spot going back to medeival times...


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