Lugnet school, Hammarby sjöstad, Stockholm, 2014
On commission from Stockholm Konst and SISAB, Bigert & Bergström have created new public artworks for the school Lugnets Skola in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm. The project consists of three sculptural installations relating in various ways to nature, knowledge, reflectivity and curiosity.
In the school’s central atrium and lightwell hang three giant apples in various stages of consumption. Where bites have been taken, the metal has been polished to a mirror that reflects an altered image of the viewer. The more bites there are, the more interpretations they present. The symbolism of the apple throughout history is rich, and its imaginary fall through the school’s stairwell gives rise to many questions about curiosity and knowledge.
In the school’s portico, cloud banks have descended through the roof. The clouds form a backdrop, like the many-layered wings of traditional theatres. The edges of the clouds glow white, but their billowing undersides reflect the visitors’ movements through the entryway like fun-house mirrors.
The clouds can be viewed as symbols of our knowledge, which as they expand, also expand the field we can’t see. The more knowledge our curiosity leads to, the more questions develop at the edge of the horizon.
Around the oval ventilation shaft in the school dining room, colourful raingear hangs in a sort of spiral staircase. From the smallest baby size to a long adult coat, they form an age progression in all the colours of the rainbow. Here, the rainbow forms a loop, with no beginning and no end – which means the mythical treasure could be anywhere. The raingear also ties in to thoughts about the weather as an equalising phenomenon – it treats everyone exactly the same.