Early June: A visit to LTH-fontänen

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 about the same time…

A sorry site

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 image: Mailis Stensman…

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…