Swimming in Spånga

A curious collage of tiles forms a fantastic mural at an indoor swimming pool in Spånga, Stockholm. Art and design duo Folkform were commissioned to create the piece by Stockholm Konst, a public art fund.

Photo credit: Erik Lefvander

Although decidedly abstract, the mural is designed as a bird-eye view of the town, inspired by the town plan. Over 1,000 ceramic and glass tiles make up the ten by four metre-long artwork, incorporating both old and new pieces to create a stunning visual.

Photo credit: Erik Lefvander

In keeping with the atmosphere of the swimming pool, predominantly white and blue hues were chosen, along with light green and beige. Different surface textures and finishes help differentiate sections of the mural, highlighting the tree-lined avenue, town square, and train tracks.

Photo credit: Erik Lefvander

Using many recycled materials, including some 1950s handmade glass from the Orrefors glassworks in southern Sweden, Folkform aim to highlight the creativity and beauty to be found in reuse, making full use of their work being on show in a public space.

Photography by Erik Lefvander.


A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, September 2020.

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