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Henrik Jonsson

Outside a monumental work of art stands in a square. It is shaped like a U with rock walls. In the center of the structure stand three trees (thuja). In the opening of the U, two pillars are placed, they also appear to be made of stone. Between the pillars you can see a man who is in motion, it is the artist Henrik Jonsson.

Photo: Sofie Isaksson

Isle of the Dead is a fateful old painting by Arnold Böcklin. The darkness is impenetrable through the grove of trees, the atmosphere is spooky, and the ferryman of the underworld makes his presence sensed. Böcklin painted the subject in five versions during the 1880s. One was later bought by Hitler and millions of copies of the work were printed. At OpenArt, Jonsson presents us with a colossal Isle of the Dead: fifteen metres long, seven metres high, beached on solid ground. Here, Isle of the Dead, with its dark nationalist ideology, has not only hit shallow waters – it has run aground. When the illusion has shattered, the island – and the ideology – emerge as a derailed and shoddy amateur construction. Yet in Sweden and across the globe, right-wing populist winds continue to blow.

The picture shows the artwork Död Ö from a longer distance. The Likkistan fountain is in front and the work of art can be seen sticking up above it, which shows how high it is.

Photo: Sofie Isaksson

Artwork: Död ö

Artist: Henrik Jonsson

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Material: Wood, styrofoam, sealant

Location: Stortorget

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