Hammarkullen, Gothenburg

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In Hammarkullen, the public baths threatened with closure were saved after public criticism. For a group of local women, the baths were a free zone, a place to converse privately and socialise. Currently the interior is being renovated and a group of local women is involved in the process.

We are here!

Hammarkullen is located north of central Gothenburg. Two years ago, the local public baths Hammarbadet was threatened with closure. The proposal, however, met with strong criticism from, among others a group of local women, for whom the public baths were a place where they could meet on their own terms. Where they could speak undisturbed, recuperate and express their dreams. The public baths were rescued and are now being renovated.

Surrounded by green areas, the multi-dwelling units of Hammarkullen were built in the late 1960’s. The tram station was inaugurated in 1972.

The renovation of the public baths is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

What's happening?

During the in-depth study phase, Spanish artist Maider López held several workshops with women engaged in the preservation of the public baths and service personnel from the district administration. She has now been tasked with presenting a sketch for a permanent artwork in the public baths which will take into account the women’s vision. The property owner Göteborgslokaler has contracted architects in connection with the renovation.

Applicants

  • The City of Gothenburg
  • The City of Gothenburg’s property company Göteborgslokaler

Art is happening

Hammarkullen is part of Art is happening.

2016-2018 Public Art Agency Sweden will focus on public art in late modernist dwelling area, built 1965-1974. A part of the governments Taking place-project.