Photographer's Note

This may be called the heart of Stockholm. It's Sergels Torg (torg = square) in the very centre of the city, surrounded mainly by large buildings in an area created in the 1960's after most of the rather shabby old city centre had been torn down. It's not the prettiest part of the city, but during later decades some improvements have been made, and people have got used to it. (But Södermalm district is much nicer.)

Sergels torg is named after Johan Tobias Sergel (1740–1818), a famous sculptor and painter whose studio was located a couple of hundred meters from here.

The black and white triangles have become an iconic symbol of central Stockholm. But this also used to be an area of drug dealing and petty crimes and a place a lot of people tried to avoid late at night. Maybe the colourful plastic carpets (temporarily placed here for the summer) are part of the attempts to clean up the area and make it look nicer. I guess the strangely designed chairs are also intended to attract more "decent" people to spend time here.

In case you wonder why such a central place was so relatively empty, this was taken fairly early (around 9:40) on the day before Midsummer's Eve. It's a day when a lot of people leave the city to spend a couple of days celebrating the second most important holiday of the year in the countryside.

I was still on my way to my dentist (5 more minutes to go) and had no country house to go to. I stopped here briefly when I spotted a lady in red down there.

Click Map: view to get here.

An alternative, vertical shot in the WS.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11705 W: 564 N: 22496] (97572)
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