“Arcadia”, part three

Karlslundsgården, Örebro


Arcadia” a public art commission for Karlslund’s Vårdboende

Arcadia was a region in ancient Greece considered a home of paradisiacal innocence and quiet happiness, i.e. a garden of pleasure. For me, a suitable theme for the nursing home’s garden. I was inspired by Egyptian art for the design of the yard’s decoration. The dominant element of the garden is the pond, which brings to mind watering holes in the African savannah, meeting places for all kinds of wild animals that coexist in relative harmony. A hippopotamus often lives in these waterholes; “Tauret” is a common motif in Egyptian sculpture – often made in blue or turquoise ceramics; It symbolizes rebirth. Another figure that I like to return to is the god “Toth” in his baboon form, the god of equilibrium and balance. The sculptural ensemble was completed with a cat statue in red granite, in this case a reclining lioness:  “Bastet” was the symbol of fertility and a healing deity. The figures are somewhat stylized and polished so that the form is soft and inviting to the touch

Everything is almost ready, the only thing left is to fill the pool