Sculpture Life rings Royal Djurgården Princess Estelles sculpture park

The Sculpture Park

The artists of this year’s exhibition at Royal Djurgården in Stockholm is Yinka Shonibare CBE. Shonibare’s sculpture will be inaugurated on 2 June 2022, and is the third in the permanent sculpture park that the Foundation, together with the Royal Djurgården Administration, is establishing in the Rosendal area.

“The Foundation has a long-term plan for the development of the Princess Estelle Sculpture Park, and Yinka Shonibare’s sculpture represents a significant part in this project. This year, we will also be offering an exceptionally rich programme of events, thanks to collaborations with thirteen different organisers.” says Sara Sandström Nilsson, executive director at Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation.

Through the foundation, The Crown Princess Couple aim to show the importance of art and culture for an open, modern society.

"We want to make contemporary art accessible, and presenting sculpture on Djurgården is an ideal way to introduce people to art and arouse their interest," explains the foundation's Executive Director Sara Sandström Nilsson.

As one of Stockholm's most popular recreation areas, which is open to everyone, all day long and all year round, Djurgården is a particularly suitable location for the exhibition.

Continuing the sculpture exhibition project

Through the foundation's long-term work, it will be possible to follow up the previous sculpture exhibitions shown at Djurgården:

Since June 2021, the monumental sculpture ‘Life Rings’ by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, has been placed at Djurgårdsbrunnsviken.

In 2020 the first sculpture exhibition was implemented by the foundation. Six of the artist Alice Aycock's works were shown, of which Hoop-La became the first to be acquired for the permanent sculpture park.

In 2018, artist Jaume Plensa's sculptures were shown on Djurgården, including three seven-metre high cast iron portraits. One of his sculptures was installed in the water of Djurgårdsbrunn Bay (Djurgårdsbrunnsviken).

In 2017, six large sculptures by Swedish artist Eva Hild were displayed.

In 2016, five monumental sculptures by British artist Tony Cragg were positioned on both sides of the Djurgårdsbrunn Bay (Djurgårdsbrunnsviken).

The previous sculpture exhibitions were initiated by Prince Daniel and arranged by Galleri Andersson/Sandström in association with the Royal Djurgården Administration.

Top image: Elmgreen & Dragset’s Life Rings takes a typically singular, reusable, lightweight, and often-weathered emergency tool. In this impossible-seeming tower configuration, it looks as if the life rings have mushroomed upwards, towards the sky. Photo: Ruth Anna Eriksson/Preks.se

Sculpture Wind Sculpture in Bronze I Royal Djurgården Princess Estelles sculpture park

On 2 June, HRH Prince Daniel will unveil the new work 'Wind Sculpture in Bronze I' by this year’s artist, Yinka Shonibare CBE. Shonibare’s sculpture will be installed between Rosendal Palace and Ståthållarängen at Royal Djurgården. Standing two metres high Wind Sculpture in Bronze I, in the form of a large three-dimensional textile, has abstracted leaf patterns across the entire surface. This is a reference to Dutch wax batik fabrics – a signature motif of Shonibare’s art. Photo: Preks.se

Sculpture Life rings Royal Djurgården Princess Estelles sculpture park

Since June 2021, the monumental sculpture ‘Life Rings’ by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, has been placed at Djurgårdsbrunnsviken. The sculpture towers over seven meters tall. Photo: Ruth Anna Eriksson/Preks.se

Sculpture Alice Aycock Royal Djurgården Princess Estelles sculpture park

Alice Aycock's works were shown at Djurgården 2020, of which Hoop-La became the first to be acquired for the permanent sculpture park. Photo: Johan Lindskog

THE PRINCESS ESTELLE SCULPTURE
PARK AT ROYAL DJURGÅRDEN

Ever since it was founded in 2019, the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation has presented new artists every year at Royal Djurgården in Stockholm. Every year the foundation acquires a sculpture for a permanent sculpture park in Stockholm. The sculpture ‘Hoop-La’, which was featured in 2020’s acclaimed exhibition ‘Alice Aycock at Royal Djurgården’, remains at Royal Djurgården. Since June 2021, the monumental sculpture ‘Life Rings’ by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, has been placed at Djurgårdsbrunnsviken.

On 2 June 2022, HRH Prince Daniel will unveil the new work 'Wind Sculpture in Bronze I'. 2022 year’s sculpture by the award-winning and internationally celebrated artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, will be the third permanent work in the collection.

PRINCESS ESTELLE'S CULTURAL FOUNDATION
The foundation is based on a royal tradition of promoting culture in Sweden. The Crown Princess Couple want to bring this tradition up to date, demonstrating their long-term ambitions with the creation of Princess Estelle's Cultural Foundation.

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