Margareta Krook's Statue – Stockholm, Sweden - Atlas Obscura

Margareta Krook's Statue

A heated statue pays tribute to one of Sweden's great actresses.  


Margareta Krook is a well-known actress in Sweden, perhaps the country’s most well known. She played in dozens of films from the 1950s until her death in 2002 and also acted on stage many times.

During her life, Krook was approached with numerous proposals for statues to be built in her honor, but declined them all, stating that statues are cold and uninviting. However, after her death, the theater wanted a statue but they did not want to go against her wishes. The theater found a loophole that technically allowed for a statue and was in line with Margareta’s wishes: a heated statue. 

The statue erected depicts Margareta in her favorite outfit and features a special coil to heat the statue to a comfy 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). The statue was placed in the corner next to the theater at the spot where she would smoke her pre-show cigarette.

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The statue is warm all year round, but the effect is strongest in the winter. The statue is a popular spot near the theater and receives hugs and belly rubs quite often. 

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