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Glenn Gould
Glenn Gould

This month theme is about "People in Sculptures". I try to take pictures of sculptures regularly and here are 6 of my favourites. They all mean something to me, they seem to 'speak' to me in one way or another.

Let me start with this sculpture of Glenn Gould in Toronto Canada. You can find this beautiful sculpture close to the CN tower on Front Street . It's is made by artist Ruth Abernethy.

The sculpture is a life-size bronze portrait of pianist Glenn Gould. The unveiling was in September 1999, following a closing concert for the Glenn Gould Gathering. The portrait is based on an original photograph by Don Hunstein.

"The ASEA-strömmen"

The ASEA-strömmen
"The ASEA-strömmen"

Another of my favourites is this one in Västerås, Sweden. This statue called 'The ASEA-strömmen' (ASEA-current) which shows a characteristic Västerås view. You can see the workers cycling home from ABB (the former ASEA). The details in the statue are great, it looks so realistic, even the lunchbox of the workers isn't missing :-) The statue is located on the main square of Västerås (Stora Torget) and has been here since 1989. I really loved this sculpture, maybe because it reminded me a lot of my own trips on the bicycle, to and from work and also from school.

The sculpture was made by B.G. Broström. A fun detail is that he even included his own father among the bicyclists.

"The Tough Guys"

The Tough Guys
"The Tough Guys"

The architecture of the railway station in Helsinki, Finland, is very striking. And ny absolute favourite part of it are these statues, that hold the lanterns on the front side of the station. They are huge and you can see two of these figures on either side of the entrance. These beautiful statues are the work of Emil Wikström. To me they are so 'Finnish', I can't explain why, but they seem to be so much on the right place here.

"The Hand of God"

The Hand of God
"The Hand of God"

A sculpture in Eskilstuna, Sweden, that I love is this one by Carl Milles. It is located in the city park Stadsparken and it is called "Hand of God". When you are at the Kloster Church follow the river a little bit, and you can see this sculpture towering high above you close to the river bank.

This sculpture "Hand of God" is from 1954 and is one of Milles' most well-known sculptures. It can be found in different parts of the world, in the USA, in Japan, Australia and Indonesia. The original, however, is in Sweden, right here in Eskilstuna.

"Lineal Order"

Lineal Order
"Lineal Order"

Toronto has many sculptures in its city centre and this is my favourite one of them all. It just touches me deep in my heart when I look at it.

Close to the St.Andrew's Church you can find this piece of art. It's called Lineal Order and it's by George Boileau, 1990.

It contains of three pieces : A statue of a man, a statue of little boy and the silhouette of a man on the wall.

"Evert Taube"

Evert Taube
"Evert Taube"

I thought this statue on the Järntorget in central Stockholm looked so cute that I couldn't resist to take a picture of it. In his hands he has a sheet of musicpaper that cought my attention and after a little research I found out that this is the statue of the famous Evert Taube. The statue is made in bronze, lifesize and by K G Bejemarks. The location is close to Taubes favourite pub Gyllene Freden. In his hands he holds his latest composition. The statue is a gift from Ikea (the famous furniture shop from Sweden) on the 18th of June 1985.

At his feet there was a little bouquet of fresh flowers, sticking up from the snow. A touching symbol and a show of the love and respect the Swedish have for Evert Taube. The man who is probably the most loved and famous of all artists in Sweden. Evert Taube was a poet, troubadour, writer, artist and adventurer (1890 - 1976)

"Floating"

Floating
"Floating"

Last, but absolutely not least, is this little statue that I saw in the Faktori Museum in Eskilstuna. Parts of this museum is a history museum.

They found this little statue when they did excavations at the old Johanniter (order of St.John) monastery.

The way it is displayed is probably part why I like it so much. It looks like it is floating in the air.

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