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Strange Stockholm sculpture special!

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all seasons in one day

A few years back when I lived in Leeds I started putting together a self-guided trail of nude public sculpture in the city centre. No, I'm not entirely sure why either. Mercifully it didn't get very far, although I did walk part of the intended route with a friend's girlfriend - who I had something of a crush on at the time - when I bumped into her on her way to work (Christ that sounds premeditated). As potential romantic gambits go it was a stinker, but she seemed mildly amused by my poorly-researched trail all the same, although needless to say we remained just friends thereafter.

Anyway, all of this was pushed to the back of my mind until I started noticing even more brazen nakedness wrought in metal and stone as I wandered around Stockholm. At the same time I was spotting - and in one case tripping over - some seriously weird statues. It may not be a trail, and I sure as hell can't tell you one decent fact about any of the following, but on a personal level I feel as if I'm atoning for my failure to see the project through in Leeds. So in no particular order I give to you...

(1) Guy sat on a rock, Tegnerlunden

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Hanging out, hanging out, checking himself out...

(2) A cheery wave from a stranded hermaphrodite, City Hall gardens

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Man concerns himself with the view over the water. I saw you copping a perv!

(3) All kinds of weird, City Hall gardens

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Where to begin?

(4) Snakes in a cave, City Hall gardens

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There was someone taking a nap in here just before I took this picture, brave guy.

(5) Child playing some kind of harp fish, City Hall

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Note shoddy donkey statue in background; I guess you could say this is killing two turds with one stone...

(6) Little fat guy, Drottninggatan

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Looks like your mum.

(7) Reuterswards Naked Knotted Gun, Drottninggatan

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Straying from the theme perhaps, but this sculpture is quite famous, and not just because it's outside Desigual.

(8) Craptastic Mr Fox, Stromgatan

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They should put up signs warning that around the corner there's a low-level metal lump in the image of a, er, homeless fox.

(9) Fun boy/girl three, Kunliga Slottet

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Word on the street is these kids are going to be as big as Ace of Bass

(10) Man staring at cafe, Djurgarden

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Seriously, I would love to know the story behind this one. Was it a former owner? A favourite customer? Is the hands-in-pockets pose significant?

Posted by RobertJSBriggs 09:38 Archived in Sweden

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