Sculpting a new reputation

Taking a closer look at how the arts can help deliver positive social change in Umeå, celebrating colour and drawing the crowds

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When Balticgruppen acquired the old mental hospital in Umedalen in 1987 the site had developed a terrible reputation. The sculpture park was opened in 1994 and has made a tremendous difference to how people perceive the whole area. The park attracts over 20,000 people a year and is free to visit every day of the year.

The park is owned by Balticgruppen, and is the result of a long collaboration between Krister Olsson and Stefan Andersson, part owner of Galleri Andersson Sandström.

Balticgruppen have amassed a collection of over 40 sculptures amongst the almost 200 Swedish and international artists whose work has been exhibited in the last 20 years.

Alliansring, Anna Renström

Alliansring, Anna Renström

Untilted, Anne Karin Furunes

Untilted, Anne Karin Furunes

Black, Grey, Broken Sky and Palest Blue, Astrid Sylwan

Black, Grey, Broken Sky and Palest Blue, Astrid Sylwan

Umedalen Sculpture Park

Umedalen Sculpture Park

Untitled, Bernard Kirchenbaum

Untitled, Bernard Kirchenbaum

Räddningsplatz, Gunilla Samberg

Räddningsplatz, Gunilla Samberg

She leaves the lights on and forgets the room, Meta Isaeus-Berlin

She leaves the lights on and forgets the room, Meta Isaeus-Berlin

Untilted, Carina Gunnars

Untilted, Carina Gunnars

Vegetation room VII, Christina Iglesias

Vegetation room VII, Christina Iglesias

Forest Hill, Buky Schwartz

Forest Hill, Buky Schwartz

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