THE PIER by Nils Petter Löfstedt
Pierre von Kleist editions, 2011
Softcover | 72 pages | color and b&w | 190x260 mm
ISBN 978-972-99825-6-9 | December 2010
Includes a DVD with a 28 min. documentary "The Pier" by Nils Petter Löfstedt
// If we take the liberty of doing things out of the ordinary, we can catch something we didn’t know was there. Some kind of creative power.
Usually this is hidden but once in a while we can find it. However, this can be done only if we work on our own terms not having to consider the conventions.
Everything can be changed.
Everything can be turned into poetry.
This is a story that took place under a pier on the outskirts of Malmö between January and May in 2009. In their home city, Nils Petter and his friend Erik found an abandoned room underneath a pier.
This book documents a street art project embarked upon by photographer Nils Petter Löfstedt and Erik Vestman. Having discovered a cavity 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."