Skulptur i Pilane – Pilane, Sweden - Atlas Obscura
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Skulptur i Pilane

Pilane, Sweden

This Swedish sculpture park is a unique combination of ancient ruins and modern art.  


Situated on the Swedish west coast, Tjörn is the country’s 7th-largest island. Like the rest of Bohuslän during the summer, the island hosts tourists from around Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany. However, what many visitors don’t know is that a little further inland in Pilane resides a very unique sculpture park.

The park features a beautiful heath with undulating terrain. Around the park are around 90 different historical sites from the Iron Age such as stone circles, burial mounds, and cairns.

Since 2007, this historical area has also been a sculpture park. Each summer, the park hosts many sculptures made by different sculptors from around the globe. These are spread across the park, from fields to hills, and sometimes even next to the ruins.

The most famous among them is “Anna.” The sculpture was first displayed in 2016 and is the only sculpture that is permanent. It was crafted by the Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa and was intended to be temporary. However, the local population decided “Anna” was the perfect symbol for the island. 

“Anna” stands on the highest point of the park with an extraordinary view over large parts of the island. It’s shaped like a large head with closed eyes and can be seen from far away. 

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