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Foto Markus Fägersten

Foto Markus Fägersten

Meeting by Water

Lennart Källström (1920-2007)
Height: 3m

The 1955 redesign of one of Ystad’s squares – Österportstorg – included the addition of a fountain and perimeter of plane trees. It was intended to have some form of sculpture in the fountain. When in the same year the sculpture Ung pojke (Young Boy) was acquired for Österport School from Lennart Källström, the opportunity was taken to order a further sculpture for Österportstorg’s fountain. However, it was not until 1965 before the sculpture Meeting by Water was in place and could be unveiled. Lennart Källström had completed the proposal for the sculpture in 1957, but changed his mind several times before the bronze sculpture was cast, and he was also ill for a long period. Ten years elapsed between the idea and the finished sculpture. The sculpture consists of two young people, a boy and a girl. They seem to be involved in a conversation and the boy is pointing to something on his left that has caught their attention. As with Young Boy, the figures are engaged in a course of action presented as a rhythmic pose.

Lennart Källström was educated at the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg 1939-1940, Lena Börjesson’s Sculpture School 1943-1944 and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm 1945-1950. His works often depicted figures and many represent young people. Lennart Källström is known for the emphasis on rhythm and movement in his sculptures.

Another of his works – Ung pojke (Young Boy) – can be seen in Ystad, near Österportstorg.