Strandverket Art Museum has a permanent collection of sculptures. Within the walls of the fortress, the courtyard exhibits works by Sean Henry, Pål Svensson and Eva Hild. Outside the building, there is a sculpture by Enrique Martínez Celaya.
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Below, you will find information about each sculpture and its artist
The Tower of Snow, by Enrique Martínez Celaya
Enrique Martínez Celaya is a Cuban-American artist that, in addition to sculpting, paints and writes poetry and prose. His works of art are often about time, individuality and memory. As a child, Martinez Celaya fled Castro’s Cuba for Miami. The exile, both in concrete and existential meaning, is like a screen for his creativity. In the work The Tower of Snow, a boy hobbles along on crutches, carrying a house on his back while the belt that holds it around his neck nearly suffocates him. Martinez Celaya is of the view that we always carry our childhood with us throughout life and that’s why the boy is carrying his house on his back wherever he goes. It weighs him down, but he has crutches to hold him up, which gives the artwork a sense of hopefulness. According to the artist, the most important thing about the sculpture, apart from the exile, is the thought about children’s ability to, with some kind of spiritual openness, see the beauty of the world. Before arriving at Strandverket, The Tower of Snow was exhibited at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.
Enrique Martínez Celaya, Cuba, born 1964
Educated at University of California
Woman (Being Looked At), by Sean Henry
Sean Henry depicts anonymous people; unglamorous, controlled, thoughtful and serious. Their expressions can be difficult to interpret but they always have a strong psychological presence. The oversized figures demand space in the public place, which has historically been reserved for kings and heroes. Henry began his career as a potter and by mixing ceramic crafts with traditional sculpture, he has created a new, innovative approach when it comes to depicting the human body. Henry has painted the sculpture Tall woman himself by using car paint. It is usually difficult to produce colourful outdoor art, but car paint is durable enough and Henry spent a lot of time finding the right colours and mixing different brands of paint to succeed. The sculpture depicts a British fashion model. Henry is of the opinion that it is not possible to depict humans in natural size as the result is grotesque. He believes they must be either smaller or larger.
Sean Henry, England, born 1965
Educated at Farnham Art School, Bristol Polytechnic, University of California
Sprungen ur, Ellips & Glipa, by Pål Svensson
Pål Svensson is one of Sweden’s foremost sculptors, known for his works in stone, steel and glass. Svensson has extensive experience in working with public art and has created about 40 works of art for public spaces. Pål Svensson’s sculptures Sprungen ur (Sprung from) and Ellips (Ellipsis) are included in Strandverket’s sculpture collection and can be viewed in the fortress courtyard.
Eva Ström writes the following about Sprungen ur (Sprung from):
“Specular like glass. Light and heavy. Deceptive as if it consisted of thin glass, translucent. As if something is about to hatch inside. An inverted solar egg. A black sun... Sprung from [just like Constantin Brâncusi’s Marble egg] is a meditative object that can speak as much to sight as to the tactile, meditative object that the mind can lose itself in, the mind reflect on.”
Pål Svensson, Sweden, born 1950
Educated at Konsthögsskolan Valand in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Irruption, by Eva Hild
Eva Hild is a Swedish sculptor who is known for her ceramic and metal works. She mainly sculpts using white or black stoneware clay. Her handmade sculptures are organic, non-figurative shapes moving between internal and external spaces. While the modernist sculptors devoted themselves to mass and volume, Hild works with structures where the empty space is given greater importance than the mass. Eva Hild is also represented by the sculpture Irruption in Strandverket’s permanent sculpture park, within Strandverket’s walled courtyard. Irruption means intruding, trespassing, forcing one's way through. The sculpture portrays a cohesive body disintegrating where something intrudes, forces itself out. Cavities play against mass, with movement and pull in different directions. During the summer of 2016, Eva Hild exhibits Entity at Strandverket Art Gallery.
Eva Hild, Sweden, born 1966
Educated at Högskolan för design och konsthantverk in Gothenburg, Sweden.