The People’s Park || Ruin #5–8
The project 52 ruins continues.
It is a beautiful evening in March, we take a coffee at the new bridges (still under construction actually) at Kronoberg’s castle. It is located at the shore of Helgasjön (The Holy Lake), and was from the beginning a wooden castle for the bishop. However, most people associate Kronoberg with the rebel Nils Dacke who spent Christmas at the castle in 1542. But Dacke’s rising was stroked down, and the king Gustav Vasa and his sons built the new, stone castle as a part of the military defense against Denmark.
Since me and Lundgren do not like the monarchy we take a piss in the holy lake.
The area is full of historic and prehistoric sites. A few kilometers south from the castle, at Lilla Fjäll, there is a quite huge grave field, and the contemporary cemetery further south captures several stories about death. Christian graves, Islamic graves, Baha’i graves – and a huge stone pile from the Bronze Age, Domfällerör.
It is dark when we arrive, but the cairn is illuminated. It is impossible to understand this kind of sites without the poem Aftonland (Night land) by the author Pär Lagerkvist, the Noble Prize winner.
The last stop is the People’s park in Växjö. A really new ruin, it was torn down just a few weeks ago. The only thing left is actually the entrance, even the fences are gone. A People’s park should be connected with party, leisure and the labor movement. I get the feeling of the legend Hjalmar Branting, Swedish Prime Minister around 1920, when I look at the ruin.
Fredrik Sandblad || 2017-03-24