Nils Petter Löfstedt
72 pages | color and b&w
19 x 26 cm
Pierre von Kleist, 2010
Everything can be changed.
Everything can be turned into poetry.
A lot can be accomplished with two pairs of hands, without the need of a boss or money.
This is a story that took place under a pier on the outskirts of Malmö between January and May in 2009. This book documents a street art project done by photographer Nils Petter Löfstedt and Erik Vestman. Having discovered an empty space under a pier in Malmö, Sweden, Löfstedt and Vestman worked for 5 months to convert this anonymous concrete interior into an inviting room.
Bringing building supplies to the pier by bike and working mostly at night by the light of headlamps, Löfstedt and Vestman squeezed between the rocks beside the pier to enter and build the space, cleaning it of debris, rocks and seaweed, painting the walls white, framing out and laying a parquet floor, adding a door and window and ultimately creating a beautiful space in a magically unexpected location. What they created has been called “Sweden’s most secretive and at the same time widely discussed street art projects.”
The book also includes a DVD with the film “The Pier”, directed by Nils Petter Lofstedt, documenting this whole process and the use of the space by theirs friends.
More about this project: www.thepier.se