Saturday, May 06, 2006

Saturday, May 6th, 2006:
What's it for, Helsingborg?

What I think:

Last year, Lund University in Helsingborg, which happens to share a building with my workplace, put an installation in the courtyard. Actually, I'm blaming them because I can't believe that the company I work for would do this. But I'm not sure of who the culprit is, to be honest. Just look at what I see when I come out of work:

Nice, isn't it? But what is its purpose?

I've got a colleague who visits from England on a weekly basis (hi, Barry), and he remarked that the Swedes don't do things by halves. In the UK, they would have just put a few stumps down to hold it up for a few months (to a year), then fixed it when it fell over. Not the Swedes - oh no.
This is deep concrete. This is good quality glass (probably missile-proof). This is solid. In short, this is a "permanent" structure.
So the question must be asked: What is it? And why is it? Why was this thing built?
Hopefully not for smokers. Smokers don't go there; smoking is banned indoors, but there are smoking rooms in some of the offices, and enough shelter for others already. I know; I'm a smoker.
It also can't be a shelter from the rain. Again, there's already shelter, thanks.
What I would really appreciate from you, dear readers, is some input as to what this can be used for. Hopefully, the Swedish government will take on one of your ideas. Because any practical use for this thing is beyond me.
Thank you for your help, and I'll keep you posted.


Blogger High Priestess Kang said...

Worst greenhouse ever.

2:15 am  
Blogger prying1 said...

Does it get hot in there during the summer? Perhaps a sauna. Perhaps it could be used as a green house. Put some flowers and a couple beehives in it and you got something useful.

My guess is that it is something that some artsy-fartsy person had in his/her head and finagled someone with cash to put it up. I'm in the wrong business. I should have been a con artist so I too could cash in on stuff like this.

2:19 am  
Blogger Jaymie said...

Maybe it's just good for a laugh to see some poor bloke standing in a glass phallic-like structure wondering what the hell he's doing there. But don't go by me...everything looks like a phallic symbol to me lately.

3:01 am  
Blogger Tug said...

I think you should move your desk out there & work out of it for awhile. Eventually someone will come up & say "this is not your office, it's _____". Then you'll know. Or it could be the new A-Team BYOB Pub, you never know.

3:48 am  
Blogger loong said...

tat things looks cute, did u try to go in there?

4:53 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it a natural tanning booth?

6:00 am  
Blogger Clarissa said...

Uh Oh, I suspect you are about to get a visit from the world renown

David Blaine who is set to perform another one of his jaw-dropping epic feats of endurance. I only hope the Swedes welcome him with as much verve as Londoners did!

7:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord you found my bong, my memory isn't what it was, don't suppose my denim jacket is in your forecourt too?

10:46 am  
Blogger Sara said...

It reminds me of the Chill Out structures at Festivals - maybe your workplace is planning a large festival and hence, the glass structure being the 'chill out space' - Spliff anyone?

10:53 am  
Blogger Haddock said...

Maybe somewhere to park your bike? or perhaps as already suggested a greenhouse? :)

3:16 pm  
Blogger Maggie said...

An igloo for exhibitionists?

4:13 pm  
Blogger Daniel Lee Sale said...

Maybe it has to do with space aliens. It sort of looks like something out of The X-Files.

6:08 pm  
Blogger Michele said...

All i know is if you live
in a glass house,don't throw
stones.Don't walk around
naked either.

11:38 pm  
Blogger Mark Base said...

Good thing I'm not a destructive nudist then, eh?

2:49 pm  
Blogger kT said...


8:06 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Greenhouse, biosphere or company tanning booth.

12:59 am  
Blogger GJR Stevenson said...

Very strange. But for some strange reason, I want one of my own. But I don't know what I would use it for, or even where I would put it. But it sure qwould be neat to have one.

Check out my blog at Rants and Slants, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

1:38 am  
Blogger percys world said...

hi .
thanks for your visit.
see it works out great if only more would take the time to say hello.
great blog it looks so clean and neat wish i could do
will keep in touch.

9:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know much about art, but I know what I like and that's definitely not it!

2:48 pm  
Blogger Tracie P. said...

it's an ant burner...for giant ants.

7:31 pm  
Blogger kT said...

I still like Tug's idea. Move in.

8:45 pm  
Blogger Omni said...

Maybe they're gonna put a fountain in there, with a heater so it won't freeze in the winter?


6:58 am  
Blogger Helen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and no probs with the link either.

It looks like some sort of futuristic igloo to me?! Very odd!

8:50 am  
Blogger Tug said...

is this a contest? Will the winner get to be part of the Swedish Government so they can DO something about this?

3:42 pm  
Blogger High Priestess Kang said...

Has someone mentioned the thingymabob at The Louvre? The more I think about it, the more it looks like its country cousin.

Or an inverted hash-pipe.


8:13 pm  
Blogger kT said...

I.M. Pei designed the Louvre pyramid. Big name architects do nothing without much fanfare -- it feeds their Frank Lloyd Wright-sized egos.

If this were a Famous and Important building, you'd have heard.

9:26 pm  
Blogger Da Duck said...

"Swedes don't do things by halves"

true, because they don't have to because they have IKEA. Just snap it together and boom, there is it.


Not sure what that is.....looks like an igloo so maybe it is to remind you that winter is right around the corner...?

I like Tugs idea too! I double dare you to do it, and take a picture!

2:14 pm  
Blogger Mark Base said...

If there was a power source there, I'd consider it.

3:24 pm  
Blogger Tug said...

batteries my friend. The Energizer Bunny IS your bud.

6:39 pm  
Blogger prying1 said...

See if you can sneak one folding chair and a small patio table into it. - Better yet a futon. That would make the powers that be wonder whats going on in there...

3:48 pm  
Blogger hotclaws said...

Looks like the male bedpan thing they use in hospitals.Maybe they're taking the piss???

12:22 pm  
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