Happy faces… (photo by Martin)
Over Easter me, Martin and his friends drove down to the very southernmost point of Sweden. Smygehuk. Since 1883 there’s a lighthouse placed on the hills close to the shore and the former lighthouse keeper’s house works like a youth hostel nowadays in which we had booked two rooms and stayed for two nights. Prosperous dining was on the agenda, fresh air, board games in the evenings and furthermore some art as the yearly art show Konstrundan is held in Skåne every Easter and many artists studios and galleries are open to the public for a week.
Truly, more eating than photos taken during the dinner (photo by Martin)
Egg by Oskar ( photo by Martin)
Jenny is painting ( photo by Martin)
As it’s the southernmost place in Sweden it seldom snow here.
( photo by Ragna)
Me in action (photo by Martin)
So you think it’s cold??? Windy you say? (photo by Ragna)
Peter; Chess anyone? (photo by Martin)
But of course it did when we were there together with a strong wind and especially the day we decided to go climb the Stones of Ale. Sweden’s own version of Stonehenge and as much mysterious as the British earthwork. Though there was some complaint from the group on the way up, it is for me always a bit magical to walk around the monument which is more than thousand years old, and the harsh weather just made it more impressive.
Lots of air in my face right now (photo by Ragna)
As you can see Jenny sure likes this (photo by Martin)
They still not quite sure on what purposes the earthwork was built (photo by Ragna)
Closeup (photo by Ragna)
A Little bit more far away (photo by Ragna)
Ok, it’s a bit chilly actually (photo by Martin)
Leaving (photo by Ragna)
On our last day and on the way back home the Gods must have liked us as there were no wind and the sun shone. We decided to climb down Kullamountain National Reserve to have a look at Lars Vilks controversial sculptures Nimis and Arx.
On the way down (photo by Ragna)
(photo by Ragna)
Vilks began to build the wooden formations in 1980 out of driftwood from the shore using more than 160 000 nails. When the area is a nature reserve, the county administration consider that you’re not allowed to build anything there. 1991 he started his new project next to Nimis named Arx, made out of stones and concrete. One part of Arx is by the government considered as an infringement of the law and the legal process is today still going on.
Jenny (photo by Ragna)
Though, around 30 000 people climbs down there every year and this day five of them were impressed.
Peter (photo by Ragna)
Nimis is latin for too much (Ragna)
Which way to go? (Ragna)
Climbing our way to the top (photo by Ragna)
Looking down (Ragna)
Hey! We’re up here! (photo by Ragna)
Peter from above (photo by Ragna)
In 1985 Nimis almost burnt down completely and in year 2000 the tower of Wotan closest to the water was lifted and moved by a great storm.
Tower of Wotan (photo by Ragna)
Peter from below (photo by Ragna)
(photo by Ragna)
Vilks himself has been down at Nimis and Arx more than 5000 for repairing and to rebuild the sculptures.