Bureplatsen – Sundsvall, Sweden - Atlas Obscura


Sundsvall, Sweden

A massive land art sculpture fills a green space once tarnished by a landfill. 


On an Autumn night in 2004, 100 torch-bearing dancers gathered on a giant concrete disc in a Swedish park. The choreographed ceremony marked the inauguration of a new piece of landscape art, the Bureplatsen.

The Bureplatsen (Bure Place) was built by Swedish artist Hans Peterson on a site located in Norra Stadsberget in Sweden. An open area in an otherwise dense forest holds the massive sculpture, made up of a curved 230-foot concrete wall and a huge concrete disc with an area well over 3,000 square feet.

The site, now known for its hiking trails and open air museum, was a makeshift landfill in the 1960s and ’70s, ruined by the illegal dumping. Rather than replant trees to cover the damage done to the land, locals wanted something that would take its place without masking the history.

Peterson’s piece gives visitors a chance to interact with the area in a new way. It includes a winding path to a viewing platform overlooking the beautiful surrounding landscape. 

Every year since the unveiling ceremony, a festival with local artists has been held at the spot.

Know Before You Go

One can take public transport to Norra Stadsberget but to get to Bureplatsen you will have to walk for a bit on a marked path.

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