River Art

A summer excursion I always enjoy is to wander along the banks of a slow-moving stream in the small town of Norrtälje to see the art installations.

The art is actually placed in the river. Like this one – Matilda Dreaming.

Apparently, she was one of the first people to open a savings account way back when and that red house represents the bank.

This sculpture sure got a lot of interest! (Yes – pun intended…)

As we meandered along in the warm sunshine, we spotted some numbskulls.

I liked the contrast between the white skulls and the living ducks.

There were lots more installations, but I got distracted by nature’s own art:

A reflection of the secret underside of a bridge.

And, finally, in a flourish of colours,

The small wooden houses along the river delighted me with their own wooden charm.

For more secret glimpses, please visit: Our World.

83 responses

  1. What a wonderful idea with those works of art in the river.

    September 26, 2011 at 15:59

  2. How interesting and unique to have bits of art in the creek!! Love your shots of the bridge and those colorful houses!

    September 26, 2011 at 16:02

  3. Oh, wow! Those sculptures are so cool!

    September 26, 2011 at 16:47

  4. The colours of those houses make me want to come inside and visit with the owners, I am not sure they’d appreciate my curiosity😉

    September 26, 2011 at 16:55

  5. That is truly an art of a different kind.;) But I love it, the first one for some reason brings to mind the tale of the Lady of Shallot.;)

    September 26, 2011 at 17:07

  6. Jim

    Partial to Nature’s art and these photos are are wonderful. Love the underbelly of that bridge and the bright painted houses! What a lovely setting.

    September 26, 2011 at 17:12

  7. oh wow that is some crazy cool art and what a neat way to present it…the color of the houses make me think much joy lives there…

    September 26, 2011 at 17:41

  8. This is a first. I have never seen art ina river before. Very interesting!

    September 26, 2011 at 18:10

  9. Those buildings along the water are gorgeous!

    September 26, 2011 at 18:42

  10. wow! pretty interesting….:) great shots…I guess Halloween is just around the corner….:) thanks for dropping by!

    September 26, 2011 at 19:42

  11. ds

    Neat way to present art, though I confess the skulls creeped me out a bit. Love love the bridge photo; the houses are so joyous. Thank you.

    September 26, 2011 at 19:57

  12. Riet

    Beautiful photo’s of the art and the river.

    September 26, 2011 at 20:24

  13. Never seen art like this. What a great shot of the underneath of a bridge. Also love the colorful houses. Looks very cosy.

    September 26, 2011 at 20:35

  14. Well spotted – and nicely captured – of the bridge’s belly😀

    September 26, 2011 at 21:13

  15. Hi Ladyfi! You live in avery beautiful country!

    September 26, 2011 at 21:19

  16. The river art is all very interesting. I’ve seen something similar in the creeks in our state botanical garden.

    September 26, 2011 at 21:25

  17. Lovely photos all but the quaint houses by the river are simply delightful!

    September 27, 2011 at 00:45

  18. What an enchanting meander!

    September 27, 2011 at 00:48

  19. you take the most beautiful and interesting pictures i have ever seen..😀

    September 27, 2011 at 02:31

  20. I really like those colorful homes in the village, but the artwork is pretty neat as well.

    September 27, 2011 at 04:48

  21. What an unusual and delightful place. The little wooden houses are fascinating.

    September 27, 2011 at 05:46

  22. The skulls are interesting if not spooky. I like the last shot.

    September 27, 2011 at 06:03

  23. delightful world!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 06:10

  24. The light in the photos is magical, Fi – it enhances the colors and shadows and reflections. Those houses look literally ON the water! The river art is very creative. I like the placement of the bed in the grasses.

    September 27, 2011 at 06:21

  25. Hi there – like the shot of the bridge the best – not the kind of thing that everybody notices.
    The jetty in my shot is a great place – but for some reason it’s always cold!

    Cheers – Stewart M

    September 27, 2011 at 06:25

  26. Wonderful shots of the place. I love those little skulls.

    September 27, 2011 at 06:44

  27. A wonderful place to wander and dream! Intriguing artwork to view along the way too! Adore the skull collection! All those vacant eyes watching!

    September 27, 2011 at 06:49

  28. As I scrolled down and as the pics came up I was a bit stunned!
    Scary creations there in the middle of the stream.:)
    Great series.

    September 27, 2011 at 06:58

  29. The skulls are fascinatingly disturbing.

    September 27, 2011 at 07:04

  30. I love outdoor art, but in this setting I can see that it is overshadowed by nature — and those little cottages are adorable. Is this where you have your summer cottage? Great place.

    September 27, 2011 at 07:39

  31. River art is unique, and I think you presented them more attractively in your photography. No wonder you got more tuned into nature’s own art as your photos show us.

    September 27, 2011 at 07:51

  32. Very beautiful these pieces of sculpture in the middle of nature, are exquisite photos.

    September 27, 2011 at 08:26

  33. How unusual!………Really love the houses at the end they are a delight!

    September 27, 2011 at 09:23

  34. Ah, the mysterious underside of the bridge revealed! What interesting features to see along your way … the skull art in the river gave me a little shiver.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:30

  35. What a fascinating and unique way of presenting art, I wonder what the duck thinks of the numbskulls! I like the underside of the bridge photo and the colourful houses too. Poor ‘Matilda Dreaming’ – her bed sinking head first and does that red house Bank represent her ‘drowning’ in Bank charges…!!! Really great selection of photo’s.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:31

  36. What a beautiful walk. And what a great idea. Lovely photos too.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:43

  37. Dee

    Your shots are great! … but the installation in second picture is a bit disturbing I must say:)

    September 27, 2011 at 12:52

  38. Should put a sign in the river reading “Beware of the Ducks”!

    September 27, 2011 at 13:15

  39. I like the last shots.The wooden houses matches with beautiful water.:) Amazing.

    September 27, 2011 at 13:38

  40. What a fascinating walk that must be, with both natural and man-made sights to see..

    September 27, 2011 at 13:47

  41. those wooden houses look so quaint and inviting..

    September 27, 2011 at 14:56

  42. I like outdoor galleries! A couple of interesting works of art there!

    September 27, 2011 at 15:43

  43. Wonderful … art in the river! Great. Love your shot of the reflection of the bridge. Well done!

    September 27, 2011 at 15:59

  44. Wow! That’s very interesting and one of its kind to have an artwork in the river. Thanks for visiting.:-)

    September 27, 2011 at 16:06

  45. Kunstuttrykkene får sikkert en ekstra effekt når de plasseres ute i naturen.
    Liker de fargerike trehusene:)

    September 27, 2011 at 16:12

  46. I love the creativity. Thanks for letting us tag along LadyFi.

    September 27, 2011 at 16:21

  47. So beautiful. It is always something to shoot at the river. The stones in nr 2 looks a bit scary.

    September 27, 2011 at 16:44

  48. I wish we had more outdoor art installations here. This looks like so much fun.

    September 27, 2011 at 16:54

  49. You’ve introduced me to a new concept, river art. Looks like a charming place to meander, Fi.

    September 27, 2011 at 16:55

  50. Wonderful pictures, beautiful colors and a quit sunny day…

    September 27, 2011 at 16:57

  51. I don’t know how to comment the second one.
    Funny or scary or both?😉

    September 27, 2011 at 17:03

  52. Grand post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    September 27, 2011 at 17:34

  53. The houses are wonderful colors — and the pile of “numbskulls” is a surprising capture.:)

    September 27, 2011 at 19:58

  54. beautiful series, I like the one with the beautiful wooden houses
    stunning colors and brightness, wonderful photo

    September 27, 2011 at 20:22

  55. JM

    What a great setting for art installations! No wonder you got distracted by nature itself.

    September 27, 2011 at 20:38

  56. great captures!!

    very interesting composition in those images as well!!

    i especially love the last one.

    September 27, 2011 at 20:45

  57. How VERY VERY cool is that!!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 21:58

  58. What a fun walk! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    September 27, 2011 at 22:22

  59. Al

    That looks like such fun. I’ve never seen art in a stream like that – nice shots!

    September 28, 2011 at 01:19

  60. What a neat idea to have an art show by the river! I think I’m in love with the natural bridge photo the most though!

    September 28, 2011 at 02:13

  61. Jeanie

    Very beautiful and interesting, Lady Fi. The colorful houses are very joyful.
    I loved the previous pictures of Oscar….what a wonderful boy he is.

    September 28, 2011 at 02:13

  62. how incredibly interesting.
    and i love the colorful houses!

    September 28, 2011 at 06:53

  63. interesting shots you show today. But, can´t help but wonder why they put skulls in the water.:)

    September 28, 2011 at 09:31

  64. I’m with you, I too would have been distracted by the natural world that in your country shows so much beauty, although I did like the simplicity of the sculls. A lovely post.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:04

  65. So LOVE the idea of the outdoor art installations – I am particularly taken with ‘Matilda’ because she also features in one of Australia’s best known folk ballads – Waltzing Matilda!! Have a great day!!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:07

  66. How interesting and original these photos are! Love the last one, I always dreamt of a house like that.
    Have a lovely day

    September 28, 2011 at 12:42

  67. I miss living on a river!

    September 28, 2011 at 14:06

  68. What an intriguing place to visit, I would love to go there. Thanks also for sharing your thoughts on my “Skywatch – September Full Moon” photos, it was truly a beautiful display by Mother Nature.

    September 28, 2011 at 14:44

  69. What an interesting idea… hiding art within natures art. I like it! Wonderful captures of your exploration! =)

    September 28, 2011 at 17:40

  70. Ash

    Wonderful photos. I particularly like the last one – the colours and the dappled light.

    September 28, 2011 at 18:21

  71. Looks like it was a gorgeous day to take photos. The colours of the house are so cheerful.

    September 28, 2011 at 19:32

  72. Well that is just downright cool. Very clever idea placing the art in the river. I had always wondered what a numskull was and now I know.

    September 28, 2011 at 20:18

  73. Your photos never fail to blow me away. That river art is amazing. Love those skulls. And the fact that you could make art out of the underside of a bridge — my God, woman. You are amazing.

    September 28, 2011 at 23:35

  74. What charming houses on the water’s edge–I could live there happily. Have a nice week. Mickie:)

    September 29, 2011 at 01:50

  75. That’s an interesting selection of photos Fi. I specially liked the brightly coloured houses – Dave

    September 29, 2011 at 10:17

  76. Wonderful photos. I’ve never seen art installations (other than Mother Nature’s) in a river before. What a great idea! :)

    September 29, 2011 at 19:23

  77. Cool shots. I really like the colors of the last one with the houses.

    September 29, 2011 at 20:26

  78. I don’t think I like the skulls, I will visit another part of the river please.

    September 30, 2011 at 00:19

  79. What a fantastic idea! I’ve never heard of “river art”. It seems almost mystical or spiritual.

    September 30, 2011 at 16:18

  80. What amazing photos you have! I love the sculptures. WOW! Thanks for visiting. Camera critters has been fun.

    October 2, 2011 at 04:05

  81. Wonderful post and it made me laugh… that pun was perfect! And the numbskulls… well… what can I say!
    I can see how you got distracted though… the place is marvelous!

    October 2, 2011 at 04:57

  82. I have never been to an art show in a river..but it is a novel idea..that village looks like a wonderful place to visit!:)

    October 4, 2011 at 05:22

  83. I love theses. That first one is an actual river bed.😉 And I particularly love the secret underside of the bridge. Well caught and well put.

    October 6, 2011 at 17:33

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