Art Xavier Veilhan’s giant installations in Stockholm

Xavier Veilhan’s giant installations in Stockholm

Emanuele D'Angelo

After winning a competition organized by the city of Stockholm in 2018, French artist Xavier Veilhan has just inaugurated two monumental concrete sculptures in two parks in the Swedish capital.

Entitled “Vårbergs jättar” (the giants of Vårberg), the site-specific artworks are made of self-supporting prefabricated blocks of blue concrete.

To produce these two works, the artist who represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2017 needed to work on them for two years.

85 prefabricated concrete blocks, pigmented in blue, were used to create these two figures whose multifaceted silhouettes lend themselves to many uses. On their flat surfaces, passers-by can now sit, lie down and enjoy the peaceful setting of the parks in the company of their new inhabitants.

“Pelousens jätte” (the giant pelousen) is the largest of the two works, measuring 19 meters long, nine meters wide and five meters high.
A real giant resting in the center of the park.

100 meters away is the second installation “Stråkparkens jätte” (the giant stråkparken) emerges in the center of a large slope.
Much smaller in size, this female bust seems to rest her arms on the ground, as if she were sitting at a table.

Written by Emanuele D'Angelo
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