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Nature vs culture walk

10/08/2024 13:00 - 16:00, Rydöbruk, Hylte

As part of the homecoming day in Rydöbruk, the artists Eric Andersson and Timo Menke, together with former journalist and Rydö expert Lennart Hildingsson, take us on a walk to reflect upon the relationship between culture and nature.

The walk goes through four places in the former mill area in Rydöbruk – including Eric Andersson’s public artwork “Kulturarvet Sågverkstomten” – during which, together with our guides, we reflect on a site’s natur- and cultural values, the wounds left by industrialization, its creative environments and possible future scenarios.

“Kulturarvet Sågverktomten” (Rydöbruk, Halland) by Eric Andersson and “Naturkulturreservatet Marhult” (Uppvidinge, Småland) by Timo Menke are two artistic projects that have its starting point in and discuss polluted places as cultural heritage. The projects were carried out without a connection to each other in 2023 and form the basis of this nature/culture walk.

All over Sweden there are thousands of polluted places, such as the former industrial sites or waste dumps, where the land has been contaminated either illegally or as part of a manufacturing process that was seen as modern in its time. Access is often prohibited due to pending remediation and the future of the sites remains uncertain. The interaction between culture and nature is brought to a head with devastating consequences for waterways, nature and animals. These sites are undeniably part of a national cultural heritage, but how have the sites been managed and how do we see them today? What role do they play in our shared environment? How can these sites be activated and discussed using artistic methods and what can a future transformation of them look like?



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Saturday, August 10, Rydöbruk, Hylte

Take bus 401 from Halmstad Travel Center towards Hyltebruk and get off at Knystahall in central Rydöbruk. From Knystahall, cross the train tracks down towards Nissan and the former industrial area. Pass the restaurant Knystafors and the bridge over Nissan. Continue along the main road about 100 meters towards the Knystarian restaurant past the old industrial building. At Knystaria turn left and walk about 200 meters towards the forest. The installation the

Kulturarvet Sågverkstomten is located on the edge of the forest area and parts of it can already be seen from Knystarian.

The Google Maps coordinates are available here.

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