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Revolving Beacon – The Lighthouse at the End of the World

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Revolving Beacon, 2008 20 Profiler-lights, Dmx-controller Variable © Gustav Hellberg
Revolving Beacon – The Lighthouse at the End of the World

Sveavägen 73 113 50
Stockholm
Sweden
October 16th, 2008 - October 16th, 2008
Opening: October 16th, 2008 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.biblioteket.stockholm.se/
COUNTRY:  
Sweden
TAGS:  
mixed-media, installation, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Revolving Beacon - The Lighthouse at the End of the World
The public building, Stockholm City Library, is given a different behaviour. The building itself is turned into a visual debate argument, pointing out its existence, in times when the town as well as the library is going through a new development phase - a lighthouse at the end of the world.

The central structure of Gunnar Asplund's famous Stockholm City Library is a rotunda, placed on a boxy plinth, containing the actual library. The library and its cylindrical rotunda towers over the Norrmalm neighbourhood. As a temporary performative installation Hellberg is turning this landmark library building into a lighthouse placing a strong and rotating light inside the rotunda. Lying close to Asplund's idea where light from within the building should show its activity Hellberg gives the whole building a different behaviour. The building itself is turned into a visual debate argument, pointing out its existence, in times when the town as well as the library is going through a new development phase - a lighthouse at the end of the world.