Rag and bone with a blanket in Stockholm

There is a sad little Stockholm figure sitting just outside of Rosenbad (Prime Minister’s Office and the Government Chancellery in Sweden) right before the bridge leading to Gamla stan (the Old Town) and Riksdagshuset (the Parliament building). The first thought might be to look away but if you dare to rest your eyes on it for a moment you’ll soon realize it’s a sculpture.

Rag and bone with a blanket in Stockholm. Sculpture by Laura Ford.
Rag and bone with a blanket in Stockholm. Sculpture by Laura Ford.
Photo: Michel Alessandrini, (CC BY NC SA)

Hemlös räv (Homeless fox) is created by artist and sculptor Laura Ford and was bought by Stockholm konst in 2008. To decide where in Stockholm to place the sculpture, a vote organised by Situation Sthlm (a Stockholm-based newspaper which discusses homelessness, sold by homeless people) took place. During three weeks in May 2009, Situation Sthlm’s readers got to vote where to put the sculpture. The result was the street corner where Drottninggatan and Strömgatan meet, right in the vicinity of the most influential circles in Sweden. The little homeless fox sits there, night and day, like a constant reminder that there are still improvements to make in the Swedish welfare society.