"Picasso did choose Kristinehamn"
This monumental Picasso sculpture is one of the greatest in the world, 15 m high.
It was made in 1965.
The motive in the Picasso sculpture is his wife Jaqueline. The first drafts and models of this monumental statue was made in the 1950s.
The idea of a Picasso sculpture in Värmland was created by two Scandinavians, Olsson and Nesjar.
Bengt Olsson, was a painter and a friend of Picasso, and born in Kristinehamn. Picasso and the municipal border was contacted and presented this idea.
Carl Nesjar, a norwegian painter and photographer, had experimented with decorations in concrete and also made some works for Picasso. He made the concrete casting with his proven technique.
Picasso donated the sculpture and the municipality of Kristinehamn payed the making of the sculpture.
The donation by Picasso was in form of a photo clip with the statue on place at Strandudden.
On the photo is written: Oui, Picasso 7.7. 1964.
The statue is made of a central pylon and three "wings" made of concrete.
Why Not In Scandinavia ? Pablo said...
Kristinehamn can be found some 50 km west from Orebro. In the summer idyll of Kristinehamn you can enjoy the north part of the archipelago of Lake Vänern . Here you will find good opportunities of sailing, sunbathing and boat trips that will take you to nature reserves and beaches.
"Strange Sign ?"
I forgot to let you know about a very special discovery we made in Sweden last June ...
Because the weather hadn't been warm enough to visit our Glaskogen Paradise, Varmland , we decided to drive further east in the direction of Orebro . We passed Karlstad and discovered Kristinehamn , called the Swidish Summer town, at the east shore of Lake Vanern . We founded a very nice camping with plenty of opportunities for wandering & biking.
And it was on our first biking-trip that we got intriguied by this very special sign , painted on the road...
If you can't guess what it could be, then you will have to have a look here !
Bien amicalement - Viviane
Pablo in Kristinehamn ?...
Because the weather hadn't been warm enough to visit our Glaskogen Paradise... We decided to drive further east in the direction of Orebro. We passed Karlstad and discovered Kristinehamn, called the Swidish Summer town, at the east shore of Lake Vanern. We founded a very nice camping with plenty of opportunities for wandering & biking.
It was on our first biking-trip that we got intriguied by this very special sign, painted on the road.
The signs led us to a magnificient spot, on a tongue of land in Lake Vanern at Vålösund, about 6 km from the centre of the town.
And this is the Sculpture of Pablo Picasso we discovered at the end of that path...Here is some text I copieed from the Expo in a small café, beside that work.It all started on a road in France...
...Where by coïncidence, the Swedish artist Bengt Olson met... (Click here for more about B. Olson)
...the Norwegian painter and photographer Carl Nesjar who has been experimenting with decorations in a new CONCRETE material.
When Pablo Picasso came into contact with this new material, he became extremely interested in its possibilities as a mean of artistic expression.Click here for more about Pablo Picasso
Why not in Scandinavia ?... The Swede & the Norwegian asked themselves, both being aware of Picasso 's interest in this peaceful part of the world.
Bengt Olson put forward the project to the Ton Council of Kristinehamn and a formal contact was made with Picasso accompanied by an extensive series of materials such as pictures, folk music, etc... to illustrate the atmosphere of the Province of Värmland.
The deed of gift arrived in the form of a photograph showing a model of the sculpture fitted into the Swedish landscape and the words "Oui, Picasso, 7.7 1964".
On midsummer eve '65 the poet Bo Setterlind inaugurated the sculpture at a local ceremony and it now stands like a sea-mark and a welcome to ships from foreign countries bound for the Port of Kristinehamn.
The monumental sculpture is 15 metres high. The pillar -1.65 in diameter- has two wings, on of which weighs about 8 tons and has a span of 6x4 metres. It is made of natural concrete which means that liquid white cement has been injected into a mould filled with assorted stones. The artistic decor has been produced by sandblasting and - like the rest of Picasso 's intentions concerning the sculpture - it has been made by the artist Carl Nesjar