{"center":{"lat":"58.413869","lng":"15.616462"},"id":39857,"visited":false,"current_place":{"icon":"https:\/\/theplacesihavebeen.com\/wordpress\/wp-content\/themes\/tpihb\/markers\/marker.site_ao.2.off.png","name":"‘The Swedish Melancholy’"}}

Atlas Obscura ‘The Swedish Melancholy’

At first sight, “The Swedish Melancholy,” a sculpture made by the artist Marie-Louise Ekman, just looks like a rusty old sculpture that has been long forgotten. But for anyone paying attention, it’s obvious that the rust is a part of the piece. Take a closer look at the statue, and you’ll notice tears trickling down the cheeks of a man troubled by melancholy.

The iron statue weighs 1,300 pounds (600 kilograms) and is exposed to rain, snow, wind, cold, and heat. It was originally made for the Swedish pavilion at the World Exhibition in Seville in 1992. It then went on display at a regional museum in the city of Linköping, which later purchased the artwork for its permanent collection.

Keep track of the places you have been, log in.
Audio Guide
41.41km
Audio Guide
I’m Every Lesbian – Boxholm
en sv
Atlas Obscura 2020
28.94km
Site of Doverstorp Refugee Camp

Discover Site of

Atlas Obscura 2019
57.39km
Alvastra Abbey

Discover Alvastra Abbey in Ödeshög V, Sweden: The ruins of a monastery where Saint Bridget of Sweden had her revelations recorded.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.05km
The First Pirate Bay Server

Discover The First Pirate Bay Server in Linköping, Sweden: From under the bed of one of the co-founders, this server helped launch the notorious file-sharing website.

Brutalism 1968
38.4km
Norrköpings Stadsbibliotek (City Library)
Atlas Obscura 2020
124.97km
Sö 90 Runestone

Discover Sö 90 Runestone in Eskilstuna, Sweden: This runestone once destroyed by an explosion has been painstakingly reassembled to save its history.

Atlas Obscura 2016
33.36km
Åtvidaberg Sun Cannon

Discover Åtvidaberg Sun Cannon in Åtvidaberg, Sweden: In the town of Åtvidaberg, the midday sun sets off a loud cannon boom.

Audio Guide
38.44km
Audio Guide
I’m Every Lesbian – Norrköping
en sv
Audio Guide
122.23km
Audio Guide
Torshälla cultural walking tour
en sv
Atlas Obscura 2017
81.86km
A Swedish Sculpture Park Built on a Giant Pile of Ashes

A strange collection of art set atop an even stranger manmade hill.

Atlas Obscura 2016
39.14km
Kungens Rondell (King’s Carousel)

Discover Kungens Rondell (King's Carousel) in Norrköping, Sweden: This roundabout was renamed in honor of the Swedish king's royal fender-bender.

Atlas Obscura 2019
83.31km
Pippi Longstocking’s House

Discover Pippi Longstocking's House in Vimmerby, Sweden: A replica of the beloved character's house, modeled after the author's own drawings.