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New sculpture inaugurated on campus

Published: 19 October 2020

A sculpture group has taken place at Luleå University of Technology. The work Lichen was recently inaugurated by Veronika Sundström, Head of Professional Services. The work is part of the Luleå Biennale and is at the same time part of a new initiative with temporary works that Akademiska hus has started.
–We will keep the sculpture until the spring, Veronika Sundström said in her speech.

The work, which is named Lichen, stands between the B-house and Polstjärnan. It is dressed with birch bark and has been created by the artist Ingrid Elsa Maria Ogenstedt. The two parts of the sculpture group that stands at Luleå University of Technology belong together with a part that stands at Storforsen.
The sculptures are part of a collaboration between Luleå University of Technology, Akademiska hus, Statens konstråd and Luleå Biennalen.

Alludes to strength

At the inauguration at Luleå University of Technology, Veronika Sundström, Head of Professional Services, and Edi Muka, curator at Statens konstråd gave speeches.

Veronika Sundström emphasized that the artist in her description, among other things, wrote “The sculptures are neither trees nor beings without structures in motion with, towards and from each other. The work alludes to strength, to grow and take place, history and new beginnings. ”
– It fits well as a parable for what is happening here at Luleå University of Technology. The research and education that is going on here means a constant change, it leads to development and creates new conditions, she said, among other things.
She also stated that it fits into the university's sustainability profile.

Edi Muka from the Swedish Arts Council said that the work wants to nurture our legends and awaken our thoughts about life and how we live our lives.
– The artist Ingrid Elsa Maria Ogenstedt has chosen birch bark after doing research on plants in Norrbotten. Birch is important here and can be used for a lot, he said.

Mingle with snacks

He also said that Ingrid Elsa Maria Ogenstedt could not attend the inauguration because she had given birth two days earlier.
After the speeches, it was time to mingle with snacks.
As the inauguration was held indoors due to unstable weather, everyone then went to the work together, before the ceremony ended.