At Blivande, we are currently building Frihamnstorget (excuse the funny, slick but over-the-top and whimsical rendering). A first iteration needs to be ready on Saturday when the port turns 100 years old, inviting the city for a day of activities where our new public square will play a central role. For that purpose, we’re putting up a large dome in the middle of the square as seen in this video, which will not be permanent.
Frihamnstorget is a meeting place for grassroots art, crafts, creativity, events, and culture. Stockholm deserves a meeting place which is built by and for artists and makers, but it’s really lacking in that department. We’re very inspired by Institute for X in Aarhus, and we’re lucky to have one of the guys from X join us for the build.
All containers are old and worn, and many of them would have been scrapped if we hadn’t bought them at a very low price. Our total budget for creating this public square, including a rudimentary café, a terrace garden and an art exhibition space is only around 10,000 EUR. For the first year, the rent is covered through a project with the port, and in the following years, we are planning to have the square pay for itself by renting out containers to artists and businesses that are aligned with the purpose, as well as events.
Our garden at the top of the tower will be designed by @jakobskote who is also the main architect and project lead for Frihamnstorget. I hope it’s the first of many green projects at Frihamnstorget, which I think has quite some solarpunk potential.
On top of the containers, we want to place sculptures as if you were in a modern 360-degree pantheon. Our first contributions are the Sputnik sculpture Linda Ljungdahl and two geometric metal sculptures by Olle Bjerkås and Per Dahlgren, two artists at Blivande.
I will post more pictures of the progress in the next few days, as well as from the event on Saturday, where Edgeryders will get a big poster and be part of two presentations.
What would you create at Frihamnstorget?