"New York has the Statue of Liberty – Sweden has Zlatan"June 30, 2019
The sculptor had to bow to Zlatan's wishes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic defies the risk of sabotage and lets his statue stand at ground level outside the Friends arena.
It reveals the sculptor Peter Linde for Cultural Change in P1.
"When you come to New York you have the Statue of Liberty, when you come to Sweden you have the Zlatan statue," writes the attack star on Instagram.
In connection with the Football Gala, it was not only clear that Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought home his eleventh gold ball. The Swedish Football Association also revealed that the Manchester United striker would be depicted with a statue outside the National Arena in Solna.
– When I heard it … Often you get a statue when you go away, but I get a statue and I'm still alive. It feels incredibly big, Zlatan told Sportbladet in November.
In an interview with Kulturnytt in P1, the sculptor Peter Linde reveals that he had to adapt to a couple of wishes from Zlatan.
Zlatan with the statue on star's Instagram.
Afraid of sabotage
Among other things, the artist wanted to raise the barely three meters high statue higher above the ground to ensure that it is not subjected to sabotage.
– He is such a foolish man, you can say. So sure, there will be a lot of anger and devastation. I just hope they don't ruin the sculpture, he says and adds:
– At first I had thoughts of putting it high up as you look at one of the sketches. But I think he actually said that he thought you could sit and stand in front of it and see the sculpture and himself when you were photographed in front of the sculpture.
Visited the statue
At the same time, Peter Linde points out that he "had to keep his pants" on the statue where Zlatan otherwise stands in a bare torso with his arms extended.
– Yes, I think he said at some point: "It's just a person here in the world to see me naked." It's just getting involved in this.
The statue will be set up and unveiled at the end of next year, but Zlatan has already with his own eyes witnessed how far the work process has gone.
"When you come to New York you have the Statue of Liberty, when you come to Sweden you have the Zlatan statue," he writes on Instagram.
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