Press release from Kulturkontoret in Borås Monday 22 September 2008
Borås residents Joakim Hedin and Paul Frankenius have acquired Sean Henry's sculpture Catafalque, which is currently located outside the University of Borås and has been part of this year's esteemed Sculpture Festival. They are donating the sculpture to the City of Borås, which guarantees that it will stay in its current location outside Borås University.
“The Cultural Committee contacted us a while ago to see if we were interested in making sure Sean Henry’s sculpture stays in Borås. We were immediately interested in the idea for several reasons. Sean Henry’s sculpture Catafalque appeals to us and its location outside the University of Borås could not be better. The artist himself chose it. The fact that there is also a political consensus and a positive attitude between coalition and opposition is what swayed us. The university and its students mean a lot to the future of Borås, its development and revitalisation. The hope is that Sean Henry's sculpture will help to make the students' everyday lives a little better and inspire them. Taking the time to relax for a while and look into infinity and reflect has its importance!“ say Joakim Hedin and Paul Frankenius.
The Cultural Committee at the City of Borås guarantees the location and that the sculpture can never be sold. The sculpture will remain in Borås forever. It will be officially handed over during a ceremony at the University later this autumn which the artist, Sean Henry, will attend.
"The sculpture, its location and the context are a success," says Bengt Wahlgren, Chairman of the Cultural Committee, adding that the artist himself wanted the sculpture to stay in Borås. "It has in some manner found its home."
The university rector Lena Nordholm is extremely pleased with the donation. "Works of art contribute to a more positive outdoor environment. It’s also particularly amusing that the sculpture represents a person lying down and thinking.”
“The donation is an important contribution to the regeneration of Borås. With Jim Dine’s Pinocchio sculpture Walking to Borås, Tony Cragg's Declination and now Sean Henry's Catafalque, the city has received three top-class sculptures in just over a year,” says Hasse Persson, Director of Borås Konstmuseum. "No other Scandinavian city comes close to this kind of investment."
"We are well on the way to turning Borås into a sculpture city, which is important if you want to create an attractive cultural city," adds Elisabeth Lundgren, Head of culture in Borås.
Sean Henry is 43 years old, was raised in Guildford, England, and lives and works in London. Catafalque is about our place in the universe. The artist tries to understand what we are doing and why we exist. "Those thoughts are always with me,’ says Sean Henry. The sculpture has become something of a signature piece for the artist, who acted as the model lying on his back with raised knees, his hands resting on his chest and his eyes gazing into infinity. What the figure is thinking about, we will never know. The answer lies within the viewer.
Read more about Sean Henry on www.seanhenry.com
Press images are available on www.boras.se/kultur Continue to the press office.
Questions will be answered by:
Joakim Hedin +46 (0)705 - 21 53 00
Paul Frankenius +46 (0)702 – 70 80 90
Elisabeth Lundgren +46 (0)768 - 88 75 96
Hasse Persson +46 (0)768 - 88 76 62