Emmaboda Kommun

BODA NEON PARK

NEONPARK

In the neon park located in Boda Glasbruk the results of the integration project “Hej!” in Emmaboda Municipality is shown. Different groups of people have contributed to the project: newly arrived refugees, residents of Boda Glasbruk, and active practitioners within the field of glass who have previously worked in Boda.

Artist Lott Alfreds has previously worked on projects with groups in disadvantaged suburban areas, most recently within her own group ArtAgent with children and young people in Botkyrka Municipality in 2014. Lott Alfreds’ work “Leaf” in neon now hangs permanently in Subtopia’s outdoor gallery in Alby.

In the neon park located in Boda Glasbruk the results of the integration project “Hej!” in Emmaboda Municipality is shown. Different groups of people have contributed to the project: newly arrived refugees, residents of Boda Glasbruk, and active practitioners within the field of glass such as Fredrik Nielsen and Nina Westman who have previously worked in Boda.

This working method, which is initiated by Lott Alfreds, is partially based on German artist Joseph Beuys’ theories and practice within social sculpture. 

The project “Hej!”, specifically designed by artist Lott Alfreds and The Glass Factory, is meant to develop structures and improve integration of refugees by focusing on language skills and becoming a part of the workforce.

The starting points of the project are different workshops and language cafés, in which the participants step by step have been given an introduction in the Swedish language through creative and practical exercises in order to develop understanding of the language and different cultures, as well as social sustainability and integration into the workforce.

Within this project, Lott Alfreds have collaborated with refugees as well as residents of Boda during a series of workshops. Painted pictures and signs, based on a theme of alphabets, signs, symbols and tags, were collected. Five were chosen to be transformed into neon sculptures, which will be on display outside The Glass Factory. Current and ancient meet to take place as glowing graffitti. Something new will take place in our shared space.

1. On the wall to the right of the museum’s entrance: The word “glass” written in runes.

2. On the wall to the right of the museum’s entrance: An eye with a tear.
From a painting made by a Syrian man. He wrote “Syria”, but transformed the first letter into an eye with a tear.

3. On the black wall just before the museum’s entrance:
The word “good” written as a tag

4. On the black wall just before the museum’s entrance:
The word “good” written in Arabic

5. On the chimney of the old hot shop:
The alchemy sign for glass

These works are also located in the neon park:

On the brick wall of the old hot shop to the right of the museum’s entrance:
“Over the rainbow” by artist Nina Westman

In the tree by the entrance to the museum’s parking space:
“You and Me” by artist Fredrik Nielsen

On the wall by the entrance to the museum’s parking space:
“Runway” by artist Lott Alfreds