If you’re visiting Sweden and are looking to visit something totally different, we highly recommend a walk through the Wanas Konst estate in the Southern part of Sweden. In 1987 Marika Wachtmeister, a member of the noble families of Wachtmeister, opened a sculpture park on the estate of her father-in-law. She lived in New York before her move and wanted to create a social place that would remind her of Central Park.
The art park invites visitors to walk around the forests and discover site-specific works of renowned artists, such as Yoko Ono, Per Kirkeby, Antony Gormley, and Ann-Sofi Sidén. Artists usually spend a few nights on the estate before starting the commission. They carefully choose the place for their artwork since the goal is to have the artwork interact with the surrounding nature. Some pieces can, for example only be heard. Others are solely made from materials found in the forest.
At the entrance of the Wanas Konst sculpture park are the Wish Trees for Wanas by Yoko Ono. She wants to inspire visitors, young and old, to write down their wishes and hang them in one of 14 apple trees.
In 2018, the Wachtmeister family’s next generation opened the Wanas hotel and restaurant in two 18th century buildings on the estate. Food is mostly sourced from the onsite organic farm, and the interiors are designed in a minimal Nordic style, with a slight retro hint. Unfortunately, the hotel and restaurant were closed at the time of our visit due to covid restrictions.