Early June: A visit to LTH-fontänen

(Swedish text follows English) I was in Lund for four days at the beginning of June. I stayed near the LTH campus, in a room at the University Guest House in the student accommodation complex known as "Sparta". It was designed by architect Bengt Edman and completed in 1970, right…

Videohälsning

(Swedish text follows English) The Swedish Public Art Agency (Statens konstråd) asked us to record a short video introducing and describing The Fountain project.  Maddie speaks about it from her studio in Gothenburg. Here is the result: You can watch more videos about the other projects selected for Gestaltad livsmiljö…

A sorry site

(Swedish text follows) From journalist and art critic Jelena Zetterström's book Offentlig konst i Lund, originally published as a series of articles in Sydsvenska Dagsbladet in 1994.   Zetterström writes a loop of sorrow, beginning and ending with the brief words: "It is a sorry sight"; "It is a pity." Title…

Jan Torsten (1938–2020)

(Swedish text follows English) I have a file on my laptop with 23 emails from Jan Torsten Ahlstrand. I received the first one on February 23 this year. It begins: "Dear Maddie Leach from Down Under!". The last three came in a flurry on November 20 and are variously signed:…

The problem with glass

One persistent part of the narrative around LTH-fontänen is that its 'glaslådor' (glass boxes) were subject to several attempts of "sabotage" by sling shot. Åke Holmberg, consulting engineer for the project, repeatedly cited this as the reason for the structure's failure rather than any miscalculation in design. According to civil…

'Fantastisk skulptur – men det fungerar inte'

This is one of my favourite images of LTH-fontänen. It appears in an article in Lördags Expressen by Kurt Karlsson on October 11 1969 with the headline ...och i Lund läcker den nya fontänen! (...and in Lund the new fountain leaks!) "There is a storm around the 'water glasses' i…

Late October: A visit to LTH-fontänen

On Thursday Mick, Lars-Henrik (L-H) and I met for lunch at the restaurant at Skissernas Museum. We'd had a couple of conversations on Zoom but not met in person. Our plan was to try and review the draft timetable we had prepared as part of our application to Formas, but…