"Statue Bågspännaren" Strömsborg Off The Beaten Path Tip by sim1
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High up, in the middle of the Kornhamstorg, you can see the statue called "Bågspännaren" ("Bow Bender") by Christian Eriksson. The statue is often mistaken for William Tell, but in fact it is a statue in memory of the freedom fighter Engelbrekt Engelbrektssons, who lived in the 15th century. Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson was the leader of the Engelbrekt rebellion (1434-1436) against the German-dominated government of Eric of Pomerania.
This piece of art was originally meant to be placed on the main square in the city of Falun, but a discussion about public art at the time, made them reject the statue in the end. Too bad for Falun, lucky for Stockholm! The statue is placed up very high, so again, don't forget to look up, or you'll easily miss seeing it!
I really love seeing public art in the streets of Stockholm and the Gamla Stan. There is a huge variety of small and big pieces, spread out over the whole city. There are plenty of them, but they are placed in a modest way, so they don't overpower the surrounding areas, but only seem to add to the atmosphere, just as this statue of the "Bågsännaren" does. The statue was placed on the square in 1916.
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