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"Gammelskogens skattkammare"

"The Ancient Forest Treasury" - a project on ecology and diversity by Oscar Furbacken

Overview of Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019

The public artwork "Gammelskogens skattkammare" by Oscar Furbacken was installed in June 2019 at the newly build school Vallvikens Förskola at Välludden in Växjö Sweden. The artistic installation was commissioned by the city of Växjö (VöFab) and consists of a group of three-dimensional pieces in the ceiling of an outdoor resting place (utesov) and a few colorful shapes on the facade.

The ceiling-sculptures are all handmade in a type of lightweight concrete and other building materials with the desired surface properties. The choice of installing the "forest floor" upside down is a way to enhance the childs perspective while create a mindshift for the viewer. The title's metaphorical comparison to treasures invites us to revalue the importance of these endangered and often unkown organisms for the ecological balance of our nearest environement.

In forestry science we have been reminded of the key factor of allowing old stumps and murky wood to remain in our forest areas in order to protect the diversity in animal and plant life. It was therefore an easy choice to let old stumps harbouring the red-listed organism from the surrounding area of Växjö. The decomposing ancient trees become a healthy base for young life and diversity to flourish.


Here below is a list in Swedish and Latin of the endangered spices that are represented in the project. The red-listed organisms are depicted with a playful approach to shape and scale.

1. Liten trumpetmossa (Teiloria tenuis)
2. Skogsfru (Epipogium Aphyllum - art utdöd i Kronoberg!)
3. Svartnande Kantarell (Cantharellus melanoxeros)
4. Olivjordstunga (Microglossum olivaceum s.str.) grön
5. Lamellsnäcka (Spermodea lamellata)
6. Rosa lundlav (Bacidia rosella)
7. Lunglav (Lobaria pulmonaria)
8. Ladlav (Cyphelium Tigillare)
9. Mindre hackspett (Dendrocopos minor)
10. Revig blodrot (Potentilla Erecta)
11. Ädelguldbagge (Gnorimus nobilis)
12. Olivjordstunga (Microglossum olivaceum s.str.) brun
13. Tvåfärgsnoppling (Entoloma tjallingiorum)
14. Hartsticka (Ganoderma pfeifferi)
15. Violettkantad guldvinge (Lycaena hippothoe) fjärilslarv
16. Trubbnate (Potamogeton obtusifolius - ej hotad art)
17. Loke (Lotalota) fisk
18. Sjöhjortron (Nostoc Zetterstedtii)

Outline of the sculpture and positions of organisms

Bronze detail of public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019
Ädelguldbagge (organism 11). Polished bronze

Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019
Light weight concrete, metal, styrofoam, lighting, acrylic.

Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019Detail of Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019
(organism 5, 1) concrete-plaster, brass, red epoxy...

Detail of Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019
Two color mushroom (organism 13), mixed media.

Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019
When looking into the large stump, it seems water filled. And the shape of the puddle corresponds to that of the Växjö lake, right next door to the actual preschool. There is a fish and some aquatic plants rendered here (organisms 16, 17, 18). Lightweight concrete, metal, hardened glass, green filter...

Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019
Mindre hackspett and Revig blodrot (organisms 9,10) lightweight concrete, foam coat, spray paint,dibond screws, acrylic

Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019

upside down view of Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019Installation view, such as the children will experience it as they lie upside down to relax in this outdoor resting space

Night view of Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019
The facade installation in night view.

Detail of Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019

 

View with kids and teatchers, Public sculpture by Oscar Furbacken in cealing of the Vallvikens Förskola in Växjö Sweden 2019
Daytime view of school facade with kids having a snack (fika).

 



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Ongoing project at the Institute of Art, Stockholm

testing materials for fabricating organic cracs
2013-2014
Project student in the sculpture departement.
Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (Kungl. Konsthögskolan)




 


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