The Bird Man

The bird man has a long history in Scandinavia, and is probably connected to the Bronze Age religion and rituals. Rock carvings show dancing bird men with strange heads and distinct beaks, usually interpreted as shamans dressed up in bird suits and bird masks.

Liss Eriksson, the artist, has made an interpretation of the bird man, both jolly and scary, on the square at the railway station in Arvika.

The birds are often used as symbols and metaphors – the eagle, the owl, the crow, the raven, the albatross, and so on. The Albatross is one of the highlights in the collection Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire. In the last stanza, the bird is compared with the poet – both incapable of walking on the ground as ordinary people:

The poet resembles the prince of the clouds
Who is friendly to the tempest and laughs at the bowman;
Banished to ground in the midst of hootings,
His wings, those of a giant, hinder him from walking.

The table The Bird Man is both heavy and light, a structure lacking gravity but made of solid oak from a local saw mill. The table top is made of marble. Picture from the production below.

Fredrik Sandblad || 2016-11-02