The sculpture park
Since June 2021, the monumental sculpture ‘Life Rings’ by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, has been placed at Djurgårdsbrunnsviken. It is the second work acquired for the permanent sculpture park that is established here thanks to Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.
Through the foundation, The Crown Princess Couple aim to show the importance of art and culture for an open, modern society.
"We want to make contemporary art accessible, and presenting sculpture on Djurgården is an ideal way to introduce people to art and arouse their interest," explains the foundation's Executive Director Sara Sandström Nilsson.
As one of Stockholm's most popular recreation areas, which is open to everyone, all day long and all year round, Djurgården is a particularly suitable location for the exhibition.
Continuing the sculpture exhibition project
Through the foundation's long-term work, it will be possible to follow up the previous sculpture exhibitions shown at Djurgården:
In 2020 the first sculpture exhibition was implemented by the foundation. Six of the artist Alice Aycock's works were shown, of which Hoop-La became the first to be acquired for the permanent sculpture park.
In 2018, artist Jaume Plensa's sculptures were shown on Djurgården, including three seven-metre high cast iron portraits. One of his sculptures was installed in the water of Djurgårdsbrunn Bay (Djurgårdsbrunnsviken).
In 2017, six large sculptures by Swedish artist Eva Hild were displayed.
In 2016, five monumental sculptures by British artist Tony Cragg were positioned on both sides of the Djurgårdsbrunn Bay (Djurgårdsbrunnsviken).
The previous sculpture exhibitions were initiated by Prince Daniel and arranged by Galleri Andersson/Sandström in association with the Royal Djurgården Administration.
Top image: Elmgreen & Dragset’s Life Rings takes a typically singular, reusable, lightweight, and often-weathered emergency tool, and multiplies it into absurdity. In this impossible-seeming tower configuration, it looks as if the life rings have mushroomed upwards, towards the sky. The sculpture towers over seven meters tall. Photo: Ruth Anna Eriksson/Preks.se