I’m reblogging this collection of statues, recently seen by Joanne in her Scandinavian travels (posted September). To the Norse warrior, dying in battle, sword in hand, was a very big thing. There was no better way to ensure entry into their version of Heaven. I can’t imagine one could stand before anyone of these magnificent statues without feeling an onrush of emotion. Awesome.
In towns and cities around the world there are statues, monuments, and street art erected to beautify, inspire, and sometimes perhaps amuse us.
They may be mascots for the town, some important person who impacted the history of the location, or often just to celebrate some triumph.
However, one of the lasting impressions I will have of our travels through the Scandinavian countries this summer were the number of unusual statues we encountered that don’t seem to fit into this typical mold.
It started with this violent piece in Kalmar, Sweden which tops a fountain in the downtown area. This was not your typical dignitary immortalized in stone.
Only much later did I learn this is supposed to be the triumph of David over Goliath.
When we reached Copenhagen, statues took on a whole new dimension. Serenity is not a word I would attach to many of this city’s statues. Yes – we found several…
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