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Museum of Public Objects (2015)
Museum of Public Objects (2015)
 Museum of Public Objects is a commissioned work for a square in a newly built area in Haninge, a suburb of Stockholm.
The installation had it´s starting point in the inhabitants around the square and in the neighboring area. It is the inhabitants together with the architecture that create the identity of an area, bringing with them their inherent stories and backgrounds.
Haninge is known for it´s past in trading, mostly import and export via shipping, therefore  the different blocks and buildings are named after ships such as Riksäpplet, Cognacsskutan and Stora Arken.
As for the inhabitants these ships also brought in new elements and histories to Haninge.
 
During the process of conception of Museum of Public Objects I attended multiple meetings with the local inhabitants and asked them what they wished for the square. Their wishes became the starting point in how to engage with the square and my intention was to weave together their desires, Haninges known history in trading and my own artistic practice.
 
I decided to treat the square as a white cube. I imported objects, such as lamposts, benches, trees, a garbage bin and a crowd controller, from different parts of the world (mainly Europe) which had a relationship to the local inhabitants and my practice. I placed the objects on the square as I would have placed them in an exhibition space treating them like artworks.
Functional artworks open to be used by the local inhabitants and visitors.
Each objects has a plate with a text indicating it´s place of origin and a short introduction.
For some objects the text is relating to political events while others are of more nostalgic or historical nature.
 
The objects are:
 
A green lamppost from St Petersburg, Russia.
A red lamppost from a village in North Eastern France.
A bench from Beyoglu Municipality in Istanbul, Turkey.
A bench from les Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris, France.
A children's bench.
A bench from the Bolonya Square in Moscow, Russia.
A Swedish Pine tree.
A Palm tree.
A Japanese Cherry Tree.
A Parisian carbage bin.
A Crowd Controller.