Erik Nitsche: Aurora Borealis Fountain, Sweden
Artist: Erik Nitsche
After the influential Stockholm Exhibition of 1930 led by Gunnar Asplund, a distinctive Swedish style of architecture arose. This new style imaginatively used modern forms -- sweeping curves and rectilinear surfaces -- imparting a "gaiety" to new structures. Sweden's new architectural style produced a number of civic and public buildings that have been admired throughout Europe both for their unpretentiousness and for the prominence they have gained in the towns where they stand. Later, after World War II, Swedish artchitects like Sigurd Lewerentz affected a more sober and austere style. Lewerentz gained recognition for his brick church designs. However, much of Swedish design is still based on the tenents set forth by Gunnar Asplund at the 1930 Exhibiton. These ideas can be seen in Edvin Ohrstrom's design for the Stocklhom City Center fountain, entitled Aurora Borealis. Aurora uses 80,000 pieces of glass in a vertical linear form to represent the beauty of the Northern Lights.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Sweden Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued May 14, 1987.
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