The Branting Monument
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The bronze relief monument, by artist Carl Eldh, is located in a small park at Norra Bantorget in Stockholm, which is the traditional Social Democratic grounds of the city. Eldh started working on the monument in 1926, one year after Branting had died, but it was erected only in 1952. The monument shows a prominent looking Branting addressing a group of workers on a May Day demonstration. Several of the worker movement's pioneers are found in the otherwise anonymous crowd of workers surrounding Branting, including Axel Danielsson and August Palm.
On 17 May 1992, the monument was partly damaged when a small bomb exploded and blew up a hole in the belly of the Hjalmar Branting figure. This was the fourth in a series of five statue bombings in Stockholm that had begun on 25 February and ended on 8 June. A group of seven teenagers, six boys and one girl, were arrested a week later and confessed to the acts of vandalism. (The other statues were not political monuments, and no political motives were mentioned in the news reports.)
The monument was restored two years later by the local company Herman Bergmans konstgjuteri AB, the foundry that had originally made it in the early 1950s. The restoration cost, 320,000 Swedish crowns, was shared by the City of Stockholm and the Stockholm section of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation.
On the bombings:
- Barbro Dillworth & Fredrik Nejman, "Vem är trött på statyerna?", Expressen, 18 May 1992.
- Anon., "Sprängde staty 'mest på skoj'" Dagens Nyheter, 17 July 1992.
- "Åter till brottsplatsen. Sju unga statysprängare riskerar långa straff", Dagens Nyheter, 18 July 1992.