New sculpture on Djurgården

New sculpture on Djurgården



Founded back in 2019, Princess Estelle’s Cultural Foundation has presented an artist’s work every year at the Royal Djurgården in Stockholm since its inception. It is now announced that the sculpture park, which the foundation is building together with the Royal Djurgården administration, will be named Princess Estelle’s Sculpture Park. This year’s new sculpture at Djurgården will be by the award-winning and internationally acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare and will be the third permanent sculpture in the collection.

The official opening ceremony will be held on 2 June from 13.00-14.00, where Prince Daniel and artist Yinka Shonibare will speak at the opening ceremony and present the new sculpture Wind Sculpture in Bronze I . Shonibare’s work will be installed between Rosendal Palace and Ståthållarängen. The inauguration is open to all, so make sure to drop by.   



On the two-metre-high Wind Sculpture in Bronze I, designed as a large three-dimensional piece of fabric, abstract leaf-pattern reliefs have been repeated across the surface. It is a reference to Dutch wax batik – a motif that recurs in Shonibare’s art. 

”Made in factories in Holland using Indonesian batik as a model, the fabric was sold in Britain’s West African colonies where it became so popular that it came to be seen in the eyes of the world as an authentically African product: it is a perfect starting point for conversations about our multifaceted identities and global interdependencies.” – Yinka Shonibare CBE. 

The work that will be installed in Princess Estelle’s Sculpture Park can be seen as a stand-alone continuation of a journey that began in 2004, when Shonibare worked in Stockholm for a period.
During his stay, he created a work for Moderna Museet in the form of a giant ship in a bottle, based on the Vasa, a government ship. On the same theme, in 2010 Shonibare made a replica of another ship, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, which was displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. In both works, the white sails were replaced by Dutch wax batik cloths, and it is precisely these variegated sailcloths that inspired the new sculpture at the Royal Djurgården. The sails symbolise movement and migration, which for the artist has been an important part of life. 

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