The idea of the adventure playground The Balloon has been resurrected. The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society was a legendary exhibition in the form of an adventure playground displayed at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1968, and later at Råby. The initiative came from Råby resident Irma Sohlman. Now the project continues in our own time.
In Råby in 1968-1969, children were at the top of the agenda. Råby resident Irma Sohlman bought the project the Model for a Qualitative Society from Moderna Museet in Stockholm and rebuilt it in Råby together with artist Palle Nielsen and locals. The project was named The Balloon. Today, almost 50 years later, the People’s Movement for Art Promotion Västmanland and Västerås Art Museum have breathed new life into the idea of an adventure playground project. In the summer of 2016, artist Ruben Wätte in collaboration with children, young people and adults in Råby, created the work The Grove – a temporary creative wilderness as part of their project The Balloon – Play for Real.
Råby residential area lies a few kilometres west of central Västerås. The Råby thoroughfare slices through the district and divides the area into two parts, northern and southern Råby. Southern Råby lacks a natural meeting place. This autumn, the City of Västerås intends to develop a zoning plan for a new residential district in southern Råby.