The New Country of Ladonia

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Located on a remote beach in southwest Sweden lies Ladonia.

Ladonia is marked by two sculptures, created between 1980 and 1982 by artist Lars Vilks. Known as Nimis and Arx, the sculptures are made of driftwood, stone and concrete.

Over time, Vilks has had to get clever to avoid governmental interference with the sculptures and Ladonia. Such maneuvers have included declaring Ladonia an independent nation in the first place, selling the Nimis sculpture to another artist to prevent the government from destroying it, having war declared on the nation and maintaining a supposed population of 15,000 nomads.

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To get to Ladonia, travel to Skåne County in Southern Sweden and ask how to get to Nimis. Reportedly, Lars Vilks may even be there, checking on the sculptures.

Images via Erik Daugaard, Inhabit and Eating Abroad.

This entry was posted in Culture, Misplaced Places, Visual Art by spikemarlowe. Bookmark the permalink.

About spikemarlowe

Spike Marlowe and her Siamese twin sister were born to academics in Provo, Utah during the region’s speculative fiction renaissance. Since her teenage years, when Spike’s parents and sister entered the Federal Witness Protection Program--which necessitated the surgical separation of Spike from her sister (if you buy her a couple drinks and ask nicely, Spike may show you the scars)--she has held a variety of odd jobs, including a performer in a wild west show, detective, Bigfoot researcher and writer for an Internet content farm. Recently she found her calling as a Bizarro author. When she’s not writing fiction she works as a street busker in San Francisco. At night she fights crime. Her first novel, Placenta of Love, will be released by Eraserhead Press in November 2011.

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