The moving vans arrived last fall. A giant piece of popcorn and a golden boy on a rocking horse moved in together. Now they adorn Borås Kongress together.

We have truly looked forward to the new conference building, with its excellent location by the university and the Textile Fashion Center. The conference building affirms the locale’s reputation as an information hub in the city. We are passionate about Borås and we believe the conference building will be an important part of our city. It feels wonderful to us to have the chance to participate in helping the city develop a new context. The conference building will have many visitors and it feels important for the decor to maintain a certain standard.

Since the first Sculpture Biennale in 2008, Borås has had a place on Sweden’s sculpture map. The two new sculptures further strengthen Borås’ reputation as a city of art, which is positive for our entire district. A rich cultural life is a contributing factor to a city’s success story. This power is further expanded by being able to offer the marble sculpture Alhambra and the sculpture Powerless Structures. 

Alhambra, a giant piece of popcorn, is by American artist Pae White, from Pasadena. She often works with mundane objects which she enlarges into works of art, such as – in the case of the conference building – a piece of popcorn. The enormous piece of popcorn is situated by the university and the House of Knowledge sculpture.

At the other end of the conference building, Elmgreen & Dragset’s golden boy rides out on his gold-plated rocking horse. Another version of the sculpture can be found outside the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. Like Pae White, the Norwegian-Danish artist duo is a hot name among contemporary artists. The sculpture was chosen in consultation with the Borås Museum of Modern Art.