In the Borås International Sculpture Biennal 2012, which opened last weekend, most of the new sculptures are on display in and around our town’s Cultural Centre (including Art Museum, Theatre and Library) and the nearby Gustav Adolf’s Church from 1906.
This gave me a good opportunity to also take some interior photos.
Let’s start with the church:
The pulpit and the baptismal font
The big church organ at the back
A smaller organ, drums, and a piano…
And the possibility to light a candle as expression of prayer.
A votive ship
Votive offerings also called ex-votos are given in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude, to a church where the worshipper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks. In Scandinavia, model ships were common votive gifts from sailors.
One of the sculptures included in the 2012 Biennal,
on display in the church: ‘House 18’ by Lars-Åke Åberg.
I like how they placed this with the light coming in
from above through the church windows.
And it fits in beautifully with biblical images of the Church:
“you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a
spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5)”
The exterior – just so you know where you’ve been!
Close to the Gustav Adolf Church is our Cultural Centre,
including Art Museum, Theatre and Library
The entrance hall facing the church is extra interesting just now
because of this work of art by Alyson Shotz, USA, entitled
“The Shape of Space” – which is part of the Sculpture Biennal.
With this sculpture, you’re supposed to also explore the interior…
Looking out from inside the “Shape of Space” sculpture.
(Do you recognize the church?)
Interior from the Art Museum
Interior from the entrance to the theatre
Interior from the Library
The new automatic Book Return Machine
Ugly, but saving the staff a lot of manual lifting of books.
From what I understand, the books get automatically sorted in the machine and then the staff can just pull a trolley out and roll that away to the right section of the library, to manually sort the books into the shelves.
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