As an ancient Chinese temple makes it way by boat to Sweden’s west coast – Pilane Sculpture Park 2012 looks set to showcase its most eclectic art yet…
Set on Tjörn Island on Sweden’s west coast, an hour’s drive north of Gothenburg, Pilane – Sweden’s coolest sculpture park – is currently a hive of activity as it opened for the season on 17 May. The creator of Pilane, Peter Lennby, was originally living a hectic life as a city dweller, but has now transformed into a rural sheep breeder who uses a chainsaw to reshape the local landscape. Situated in an ancient graveyard on the island of Tjörn, his sculpture park now attracts 60,000 visitors each year. Click “Read the rest of this entry” for his insight into this year’s showcase.
What is Pilane?
– Pilane is an area of ancient remains where humans have lived since the Stone Age. Today visitors can still find 2,000 year old tombs, rock formations and stone circles, all in a breathtaking landscape with grazing sheep and contemporary art from all around the world. Pilane has always been a crossroads and it is thought of in this way even today. A place of encounters between people and cultures, between contemporary art and ancient monuments. Animals, nature and culture in perfect simplicity.
Could you tell us about this year’s exhibition?
– This year’s exhibition is probably the most advanced in the history of Pilane with several really big complicated installations. The great piece “Wall Street” by Claes Hake consists of giant 100-ton granite block, and the 400 year old Chinese temple installation of Zhang Huan –sailing over from Shanghai – consists of approximately 1,000 parts which need to be assembled into a 26 metre long, 13 metre wide and 9 metre tall building on Pilane’s highest point. Inside the temple, Zhang Huan has placed a new sculpture.
– Swedish artist, Sofia Bäcklund, has created “Common frames of reference – fika, throw away, play” including a recycling center, representative of a modern version of archaeological findings. The Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, is exhibiting several pieces, including two tree-huggers; German Wilhelm Mundt displays a magical stone that seems to come from outer space, and there will be additional works by world-reknowned artist Tony Cragg and American Keith Edmier.
– This year it feels that we will be able to show our visitors something particularly special. We also have the pleasure of exhibiting paintings by Alf Lindberg, one of Sweden’s truly great painters, and so this year, I dare promise an exciting summer of art in Pilane.
Here you can follow the Chinese temple as it makes its way to Pilane on the vessel Xin Beijing. At this moment, the temple is in the Mediterranean, close to Malta. Click “Last position received” and select a scale. The temple is scheduled to be in place at Pilane in June.
Have you been to Pilane? Which of this year’s sculptures are you most looking forward to seeing?