Sculpture Life rings Royal Djurgården

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

Sculpture Life rings Royal Djurgården

The sculpture is the second work acquired for the permanent sculpture park, and was inaugurated at Royal Djurgården 8 June 2021. Photo: Ruth Anna Eriksson/Preks.se

Sculpture Alice Aycock Royal Djurgården

Alice Aycock's works were shown at Djurgården 2020, of which Hoop-La became the first to be acquired for the permanent sculpture park. Photo: Johan Lindskog

The Royal Djurgården sculpture exhibition

In summer 2016, British sculptor Tony Cragg's works were displayed on Djurgården. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The Royal Djurgården sculpture exhibition

In summer 2017, sculptures by Swedish artist Eva Hild were displayed. Photo: Patrik C Österberg/TT

The Royal Djurgården sculpture exhibition

In summer 2018, works by Jaume Plensa – one of the world's leading creators of public art – were shown on Djurgården. Photo: Karin Törnblom/TT

permanent sculpture park

Every year the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation acquires a sculpture for a permanent sculpture park in Stockholm. The sculpture ‘Hoop-La’, which was featured in last year’s acclaimed exhibition ‘Alice Aycock at Royal Djurgården’, remains at Royal Djurgården. In their long-term planning for developing the parkland around Rosendal Palace, the Office of the Governor of the Royal Palaces and the Royal Djurgården administration have decided to include art as an essential element.

PRINCESS ESTELLE'S CULTURAL FOUNDATION
The foundation is based on a royal tradition of promoting culture in Sweden. The Crown Princess Couple want to bring this tradition up to date, demonstrating their long-term ambitions with the creation of Princess Estelle's Cultural Foundation.

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