Public art in Oxelosund


It might not be too often you stop and think about it when you rush through life, the public art, but it is present in all weathers decorating roundabouts, fountains, schoolyards, buildings, and parks. It can be perceived as pleasant and soothing or conspicuous and challenging. No matter what it always tells us something about its time, the place and the people around it.

Take your time to descover the art around you! Here are some tips about places in Oxelösund where you can meet art:

In the Fishing port at Femöre the giant sculpture Stålheten by Jessica Fleetwood reaches towards the sky. With its 14 meters of shining steel the sculpture has become a landmark welcoming seafarers into the ports of the town.

At Järntorget, the Iron square, another shining steel sculpture has its spin on the place; Leo Janis Brieditis fountain Vågen, The Wave (1973). And right next to it Axel Norells colourful playsculpture invites passing children to play and climb.

At Järnvägsparken, the Railway park, adjacent to Järntorget is the old building Folkets hus, the Community House with a façade decorated with a concrete relief frieze by Rolf Gabriel Kjellberg.The relief portrays people working in different businesses which represents the business life in Oxelösund. The piece of art was inaugurated 1956, at the same time as Folkets hus.

In the corner of Järnvägsparken, towards Torggatan is Muntergökarna, The Merry cucjoos, looking up from the greenery, a bronze sculpture by David Wretling. The sculpture which was made already in the mid 40s, was bought from Örebro and installed in its new place in 1958.

In Björntorpsrondellen, the Björntorp roundabout, where Björntorpsvägen meets Sundavägen is Carl G Torstenssons five meter tall deep blue sculpture Mot Havet, to the Sea, from 2011 rising … reminding us of antiquity hunting and fishing by the coast.

At Jogersö beach, right next to the parking stands Lena Lerviks red playsculptures Siffror, Numbers, from the beginning of the 70s which have been climbed by several generations of kids.

At Ramdalsskolans, The Ramdal school, yard you will find Kebnekajse – Esjakenbek, a play at sit-scupture by the Japanese artist Shunyu Mitmura. Through its design the piece offers both tiered seating and a stage for the children. The “negative” part, i. e. the submerged Esjakenbek is currently partly covered up.

In the scenic park by Stjärnholm’s castle by Apsafjärden, the Aspa bay , there are more than 30 sculptures featuring faith, hope and love placed in the greenery.

The park is always open and is free to visit. Here you can take a different kind of art walk on winding paths. , in varied terrain. On the way there are plenty of oases for a moment's rest, both benches and inviting lawns.

A written guide that presents the works and the artists is available at the castle, where also the viewing of the park can be booked.

Stjärnholm castle dating from the 1600s. The environment around the castle by the bay with a church, stables and the sculpture park is as if it is made to be in. Today, the castle is a hotel, conference and diocesan.