fredag 15 februari 2013

A healthy working environment

Before Christmas I had a wonderful visit to Riksbanken, Swedens National bank. Besides safeguarding the Swedish economy Riksbanken also has an amazing collection of art as well as a beautiful building in which a lot of it hangs. The building was made in the 1970s, by architect Peter Celsing, and a lot of the art was commissioned at the same time which gives the whole environment a very cohesive impression. And what's even greater, they have a lot of textile art by some of Sweden's top artists!

Already in the entrance you're greeted with textile art. In the waiting hall for guests hangs a tapestry by Olle Nyman, made at Alice Lund Textilier. The piece is called "Sifferträdet" (the Tree of Numbers).
Olle Nyman "Sifferträdet" woven at Alice Lund Textilier, Riksbanken
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Olle Nyman "Sifferträdet" woven at Alice Lund Textilier, Riksbanken
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Another great tapestry is this, Lennart Rohdes "Guld och gröna skogar" ("Gold and Green Forests") made at Handarbetets Vänner.
Lennart Rohde "Guld och gröna skogar", Riksbanken
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Lennart Rohde "Guld och gröna skogar", Riksbanken
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Here is a really unique piece by Max Walter Svanberg, his imagery is so special - like in a dreamland. The detail of the tapestry is out of this world. It's called "Den Svarta Solens Älskling" (the Black Sun's Darling)
Max Walter Svanberg "Den Svarta Solens Älskling", Riksbanken
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Max Walter Svanberg "Den Svarta Solens Älskling", Riksbanken
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Even it the session hall where a lot of the important decisions of Sweden's economy are made two monumental tapestries by Karl Axel Pehrson called "Abudantia I & II" hangs. (Abundatia is the Roman god of abundance.) The two tapestries are supposed to represent micro and macro cosmos as well as micro and macro economy.
Karl Axel Pehrson "Abudantia I och II", Riksbanken
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Karl Axel Pehrson "Abudantia I och II", Riksbanken
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
It makes me happy that there is so much art in such an institution and that the whole working environment is so well thought through. I really believe that we are influenced by our surroundings. So somehow it makes me more confident that the people working there will make good decisions since there is so much great textile art to brighten their day.

1 kommentar:

  1. Vilka härliga textilier!
    Finns det möjlighet att gör studiebesök här?
    Häls. Inger

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