An eye-catching sculpture named Droppen (or the Drop in English) stands in one of the busiest areas of the Swedish capital Stockholm in Kungsträdgården opposite the Royal Palace. The sculpture, made out of stainless steel and aluminum, pays tribute to the long-lasting and sustainable metallic materials as well as to the demanding profession of sheet metal work , which sets high demands on handcraft skills.
The outer part of the arch in the Droppen sculpture is made out of Outokumpu Core 304/4301 stainless steel sheets with a dry polished surface. Outokumpu’s research center in Avesta, Sweden also helped with the material specification and the steel itself was donated by Outokumpu’s coil service center in Eskilstuna. The inner arch is made out of aluminum.
Sandra Arman, Product Manager: “It’s great to see project like this come to life. The Droppen sculpture not only captures the long history of metal and steel production in Sweden but also honors our world class metal forming expertise. It’s good to see industry coming together in projects like these, and show young people the vast opportunities that exist.”
The Droppen project is financed by Metallic Materials, an innovation program by the Swedish Innovation Agency INNOVA, Swedish Energy Agency and Swedish Research Council FORMAS. Björn Hammar, S Hammar AB, is the initiator and project manager for the Drop. He is also responsible for the design of the sheet metal work. The architect behind the design is
Markus Aerni from Happy Space AB.
The artwork will stand in Kungsträdgården until May 26, 2016. Coinciding with the yearly Eurovision Song Contest, held in Stockholm this year, the sculpture is surely to be seen and enjoyed by many locals and tourists alike. Discussions are ongoing where the Droppen will be placed after Stockholm.