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Public art in central Halmstad

Are you visiting Halmstad? Here you can find out more about public art in central Halmstad. You might even discover a new favorite art work!

Well-known artists from Halmstad

A number of artists have lived and worked in Halmstad over the years. Halmstadgruppen (The Halmstad Group), formed in 1929, was active for 50 years. Their group of friends included a number of artists who spent their summers in Halmstad. Sven X:et Eriksson, Knut Gruve, Felix Hatz etc. formed "Söndrumskolonin" over a period of a few years in the 1940s. Other artists with connections to Halmstad include Olle Baertling and Edvin Öhrström. Even today Halmstad has a number of artists working here.

  • Girl in a tub

    Girl in a tub
    Artist: Lena Cronqvist
    Year: 2007
    Material: Bronze
    Location: Trefaldighetsallén
    The bronze sculpture Girl in a Tub by Lena Cronqvist was purchased in 2009. Cronqvist is known for her expressive paintings with psychological undertones, but she also creates sculptures. She often works with motifs inspired by her childhood, and occasionally these images are frightening. However, Girl in a Tub is a gentle portrait of the artist as a young girl. The placement of the sculpture has been made with care; she sits surrounded by trees, near Norre Katts Park’s popular playground. The girl in the tub looks out over the park, over the duck pond and along the river Nissan.
  • Neptune

    Artist: Peter Mandl 1947-
    Year: 1990
    Material: Glass
    Location: Norre torg
    This sculpture is named after the Roman god of the sea. It is five-meters high and composed of a thousand sheets of glass, which have been glued together and reinforced with polyester in order to withstand the elements. The glass is from Pilkington, a now defunct glass factory in Halmstad. You can see how the sculpture’s color shifts into various shades of green, depending upon how the light falls and how you stand in relation to it. Occasionally you can hear the locals refer to this sculpture as the ”clothespin" or "wash clip" because of its special shape.See also The Lighthouse Keeper by the same artist.
  • 91:an Karlsson

    91:an Karlsson
    Artist: Nils Egerbrandt 1926-2005
    Year: 1993
    Material: Bronze
    Location: Storgatan
    This sculpture depicts a popular Swedish comic strip character, created by Rudolf Petersson during his enlistment in Halland Regiment I16 in Halmstad from 1916-1918. The number 91 was derived from I16 by simply turning 16 upside down. The sculpture was designed by Nils Egerbrandt, who took over the comic strip in 1960. There was a long discussion about whether or not the comic strip character should be placed on Storgatan (Main Street). There were strong arguments both for and against the artwork, but in the end the character prevailed. Soldier 91 has stood at attention on Storgatan since 1993.
  • Klara's Armchair

    Klara's Armchair
    Artist: Kamil A Lukaszewicz 1947-
    Year: 2013
    Material: Concrete
    Location: Storgatan 41
    This artwork was created in memory of the author and women's advocate Klara Johanson (1875-1948) by artist Kamil A Lukaszewicz, who was educated in Gdansk before relocating to Halmstad. Instead of a traditional bust, she decided to create a sculpture of an armchair in order to honor Klara Johanson’s intellectual achievements. Around the turn of the 20th century, intellectuals were often depicted in armchairs, which symbolized thoughts, reflections, and reading. The concrete armchair is heated, which gives the impression that Klara has just left her seat. The lamppost next to the chair has been converted into a reading lamp that gives off a warm red light. The artwork is placed outside the house where Klara Johanson was born on Storgatan 41.
  • The Lighthouse Keeper

    The Lighthouse Keeper
    Artist: Peter Mandl 1947-
    Year: 1998
    Material: Bronze
    Location: Storgatan
    The bronze sculpture The Lighthouse Keeper by Peter Mandl has an abstract, cubist form; however, the title indicates that the artist was inspired by Halmstad's proximity to the sea. Peter Mandl is a sculptor, glass artist, and designer from Prague. Today he resides just outside Halmstad. Mandl is also the artist behind the fountain sculpture of Neptune in Norre torg (North Square).
  • Queen Kristina

    Queen Kristina
    Artist: Thomas Frisk 1941-
    Year: 2000
    Material: Stoneware
    Location: Drottning Kristina-passagen
    Halmstad based artist Thomas Frisk was commissioned to create an artwork for the Queen Kristina Passage by property owners in the area. In order to achieve an accurate likeness of the queen, the artist studied historical portraits. The glazed stoneware bust fits well with the pedestal it sits upon because the artist created it as part of the commission.Queen Kristina (1626-1689) visited Halmstad on her way to Rome, where she eventually moved after she renounced her throne and converted to Catholicism.
  • Erik Höglund's Glass window

    Erik Höglund's Glass window
    Artist: Erik Höglund (1932-1998)
    Year: 1959 (2010/2013)
    Material: Glass and concrete
    Location: Köpmansgatan
    Erik Höglund was a multifaceted artist who revolutionized Swedish art glass. His decorative glass windows were originally placed in a restaurant in Halmstad but have now taken on a new form as four blocks, each featuring two glass windows. By day the artworks appear rather anonymous, but at dusk, when the windows are lit, the shapes, colors, and figures become more visible.In 2010 two blocks were placed on Köpmansgatan, and in 2013 another two were placed on Klammerdammsgatan.
  • Hertig Knut

    Hertig Knut
    Artist: Walter Bengtsson 1927-1998
    Year: 1985
    Material: Copper
    Location: Köpmansgatan/ Klammerdammsgatan
    To properly view this statue depicting Hertig Knut we are required to shift our gaze from the street and look instead above the shop entrance on Köpmansgatan. The statue is made of copper that the artist plated with nickel and then patinated and enameled in order to produce various colors. Hertig Knut Porse was Duke of Halland during the 1300s and is thought to have given Halmstad its name. The duke’s cloak displays the colors of both Denmark and Sweden. This is because Halland belonged to both kingdoms at various times during the Middle Ages. On the pillar under the artwork you can read a story about the duke and Halmstad.See also The Leaping Salmon by the same artist.
  • Non Violence

    Non Violence
    Artist: Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd 1934-
    Year: 2014
    Material: Bronze
    Location: Brogatan/ Hantverksgatan
    In conjunction with the rebuilding of Brogatan (Bridge Street) in central Halmstad, a new public artwork was given to the city by a private donor. The sculpture, in the form of a knotted gun, was created by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. Originally the artist created Non Violence as a comment on the murder of John Lennon, but over time it has become an internationally recognized symbol of peace that can be seen in various locations, both in Sweden and around the world. The best known of which is located outside the United Nations building in New York.Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd is a multifaceted artist who disarmed the power of violence with humor by simply tying a revolver in a knot.
  • Europa and the Bull

    Europa and the Bull
    Artist: Carl Milles 1875-1955
    Year: 1926
    Material: Bronze and granitet
    Location: Stora torg
    In the beginning of the 1900s there was a call for proposals to decorate Halmstad’s town square, which was considered to be far too broad and unwelcoming. Two decades and two competitions later not one suitable proposal was made. It wasn’t until 1920 that Carl Milles, one of the greatest sculptors at the time, was entrusted with the task. The result was the sculptural group Europa and the Bull. The artwork depicts a mythological tale about the god Zeus who turned himself into a bull in order to abduct the beautiful princess Europa. Carl Milles’ neoclassical sculptures can be seen in many Swedish cities, and this particular sculpture can also be seen at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where Milles taught for many years.
  • The Kings' Meeting

    The Kings' Meeting
    Artist: Edvin Öhrström 1906-1994
    Year: 1952
    Material: Granite
    Location: Stora torg
    The Kings’ Meeting depicts a royal meeting between Danish King Christian IV and Swedish King Gustav II Adolf that took place in Halmstad in 1619. They met in conjunction with the last ransom payment for Älvsborg’s fortress. In celebration of the payment, a banquet was planned in the true spirit of the1600s. Both kings were renowned partygoers and it is said that they had to be carried to bed after the banquet. Around the stone you can see the revelry of the people and life in Halmstad.Edvin Öhrström grew up in Halmstad and has created a number of public artworks; the most renown is his glass obelisk located in Stockholm in Sergel's Square.
  • Brick Reliefs on the Town Hall's Facade

    Artist: Bernard Andersson, 1898-1983
    Year: 1937
    Material: Brick
    Location : Rådhuset
    If you look carefully at the Town Hall's facade, you will discover thirty brick reliefs depicting life in Halmstad. They show old Halland customs such as brick making and salmon fishing, but also more modern depictions of street life featuring sports and cars. In fact, the cars were of the latest model at the time of the Town Hall's inauguration.It was Halmstad-born sculptor Bernard Andersson that was commissioned to create the brick reliefs by the Town Hall's architects Yngve Ahlbom and Nils Sterner. The artworks were an important part of the building, both during the planning process and when the building was eventually inaugurated in 1939. Inside the Town Hall you can see permanent works by The Halmstad Group among others.
  • 0 + 0 = 8

    0 + 0 = 8
    Artist: Fredrik Wretman 1953-
    Year: 2007
    Material: Fiberglass
    Location: Slottsparken
    The water sculpture 0 + 0 = 8 was originally placed in the river Nissan, just below the City Library. However, after a few harsh winters, it became evident that its construction was not sturdy enough to withstand the river’s current and breaking ice. Therefore, in 2013, the sculpture was relocated to Halmstad Castle’s pond. The pond provides a fitting setting for the work; the large 0 reflected in the water forms an 8, the symbol for eternity. Because the sculpture is lit, it is visible around the clock, lighting up a section of town that was previously dark and anonymous. It was donated to the Halmstad’s local government in 2007 when the city celebrated its founding 700 years ago. 0 + 0 = 8 won over two other proposals in a vote by Halmstad’s residents. It symbolizes the city as it entered into its eighth century.
  • Landmark

    Artist: Carl Magnus, 1943-
    Year: 1993
    Material: Red granite
    Location: In front of Halmstad castle
    In the early 1990s, Halmstad’s local government commissioned a work by Halmstad-born artist Carl Magnus. The artist was allowed to decide for himself where the work would be placed; therefore, he chose to place it in front of Halmstad Castle, where it is clearly visible to passersby on the street as well as from the castle’s bridge.The work consists of nine joined stone discs of red granite. Here Carl Magnus has chosen to differentiate the two sides. One is smooth and mirror-like while the other is rough and uneven, making the sculpture appear to change depending upon where you stand. The sculpture is about 1 meter high and weighs five tons.
  • Heaven's Boat

    Heaven's Boat
    Artist: Torgny Larsson, 1957-
    Year: 1999/2000
    Material: Steel and neon
    Location: Filtparken
    Heaven’s Boat was created by artist Torgny Larsson and inaugurated at the turn of the millennium. The sculpture is shaped after a rowboat; its hull rises vertically into the heavens. When dusk falls, the work is lit by a blue neon light that contrasts sharply against the night sky. Torgny Larsson is trained as a sculptor, and often works with neon and light in his sculptures.

  • Pi

    Artist: Carolina Falkholt, 1977-
    Year: 2013
    Material: Exterior paint
    Location: Halmstads Konsthall/ Stadsbiblioteket
    The artwork Pi emerged on a facade opposite the City Library over the course of a few days in autumn 2013. Carolina Falkholt was invited to create this public artwork while she was in Halmstad participating in a group exhibition at Halmstads Konsthall (Halmstad’s Art Space) and contributing to a collective artwork at the newly built secondary school. The hand’s gesture can be read as a blessing, a speaking gesture, or when you raise your hand to answer a question. In fact, the artist has taken the gesture from sign language, where Pi is used to emphasize a phrase, as in "I really like graffiti."
  • Home Sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home
    Artist: Noah Ljungberg
    Year: 2009
    Material: Neon sign
    Location: Nolltrefem
    When the plans for Halmstad’s new city library were drawn, it was decided that the old library building would be converted into a cultural center for young people. As a result, the artwork Home Sweet Home was purchased and placed on the cultural center’s facade. Its neon yellow glow suggests that the center is an inviting and comfortable place. Ljungberg has explored the concept of "home" in many different forms and expressions.Noah Ljungberg has also created the neon-artwork Forgive located on the coastal road near Mjellby Art Museum.
  • The Lyre Tree

    The Lyre Tree
    Artist: Axel Wallenberg, 1898-1996
    Year: 1994
    Material: Bronze
    Location: Figaroparken / Picassoparken
    During the 1930s artist Axel Wallenberg spent numerous summers in Halmstad, and he donated this sculpture to Halmstad’s local government because the town meant a lot to him. The work is a stylized lyre, made ​​of bronze. A lyre is a stringed instrument that was depicted in art by the Sumerians as early as 3000 BC. Wallenberg was a student, close friend, and collaborator to Carl Milles, who created the sculpture Europe and the Bull located in the Town Square.
  • Head of a Woman

    Head of a Woman
    Artist: Pablo Picasso 1881-1973
    Year: 1971
    Material: Sand blasted concrete
    Location: Figaroparken / Picassoparken
    Pablo Picasso is one of the most influential artists of the 1900s. Halmstad has one of sixteen unique sculptures that the artist donated to cities around the world. This work was created and installed in 1972 by Norwegian concrete sculptor Carl Nesjar, who worked on behalf of Picasso.Head of a Woman is 15 meters tall and sculpted in sandblasted concrete. Its form was created during a period when Picasso experimented with torn paper in order to create silhouettes. The sculpture is a portrait of Picasso's last wife Jacqueline Roche.
  • Burial

    Artist: Harald Persson 1970-
    Year: 1994
    Material: Concrete
    Location: Figaroparken / Picassoparken
    In 1994 a white concrete cube measuring (1x1x1 meters) was buried near Picasso's sculpture Head of a Woman. After it was buried, the lawn was restored, and today there are no visible traces of the artwork. But the cube still exists - somewhere. Harald Persson's artworks rarely have titles or are for sale - he works with conceptual art. This means that the idea behind the artwork is more important than its form. Persson’s creative process was documented in a book also entitled Burial, which could be considered an extension of the artwork. Harald Persson grew up in Halmstad and works as a priest and artist.
  • Anchored Boat

    Anchored Boat
    Artist: Ulla Kraitz 1936- och Gustav Kraitz 1926-
    Year: 1991
    Material: Diabase and stoneware
    Location: Figaroparken / Picassoparken
    The black diabase boat and stoneware blue buoy are firmly anchored onto a base of granite. Ulla and Gustav Kraitz began to experiment with stoneware in the late 60's. They were inspired by techniques used to make ceramics during the Sung Dynasty in China. Because the exact techniques were lost, the artists had to experiment.Gustav Kraitz creates objects in simple geometric shapes; he limits his colors and makes use of heavy glazing. Glazing is also an important part of Ulla Kraitz’s expression. Together the couple has collaborated on several public artworks.
  • The Leaping Salmon

    The Leaping Salmon
    Artist: Walter Bengtsson 1927-1998
    Year: 1958
    Material: Copper
    Location: Figaroparken / Picassoparken
    The Leaping Salmon was fiercely debated once it was erected in Halmstad. People felt that Bengtsson took too many liberties when sculpting Halland’s official animal. A more realistic version of the work was requested, but the artist was not interested in depicting reality.Halmstad artist Walter Bengtsson was a sculptor, painter, and graphic designer. In his youth he worked at Nyhem’s mechanical workshop, which is where he became interested in metal as an artistic material. He is the artist behind several public works in Halmstad as well as in a number of Swedish cities.See also Hertig Knut by the same artist.
  • The cyclists

    The cyclists
    Artist: Annika Simonsson 1969-
    Year: 1998
    Material: Plastic
    Location: Viktoriagatan
    This sculptural group depicting four bright yellow cyclists is clearly visible from one of Halmstad’s main roads: Viktoriagatan (Victoria Street). Both cyclists and motorists can relate to the work, as they drive across town in rush hour traffic. The sculptures also bring to mind the bicycle factory that once operated in Halmstad. The title of the work was originally Woodpecker, because a figurine of this bird was on the back of one of the bicycles. The woodpecker eventually disappeared and since then it has it simply been called The Cyclists. Previously, the sculptures were placed at Mjellby Art Museum while this area was being rebuilt. They were recently reinstalled after reparation in 2014.Annika Simonsson was born in Halmstad, and currently resides in Norway.