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A few days ago I happened to walk along a block on Södermalm island in Stockholm where I don't go often. When I reached two huge "gates" I realized that wall was like an open air art gallery. So I decided to take photos the way I normally do in ordinary museums and galleries.

I stood there for a while, waiting for suitable persons to pass by, or someone to watch the art. I didn't really get what I wanted, and instead of a lady in red I had to console myself with a gentleman in red. I know that I should have taken this a second earlier, but I had to wait for a car to disappear, and then the perfect moment was gone.

That's what happens when you take photos in busy streets.

Here is a larger version.

This "gate" and another one, seen in a WS, were created by the artist Mikael Pauli in 1992, when this building was added to a power plant from the early 20th century. A few years later the original power plant was taken out of service and eventually turned into a mosque. The architect had been inspired by "Oriental" designs, so the conversion was quite simple. A part of the building had a suitable dome, so basically only a minaret had to be added. This new part is still used by the electricity board.

The other WS shows the corner of this house and a view into the side street that includes a small part of what is now Stockholm's central mosque.

The "gates" were created through a complicated experimental process, involving copper, concrete, iron, various items and a controlled explosion. They are meant to symbolize the power of electricity.

The map coordinates 59.31593 18.07586 will take you here.

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