I had no idea who Evert Taube was when I discovered this statue in the smallish Järntorget square in Stockholm’s Gamla stan, or old town. Local musician or composer was my guess – he’s holding sheet music, is draped in a coat-as-cape and confidently lifting his sunglasses towards his beret. I liked that he’s not propped up and displayed on a pedestal, but rather standing at street level, as if he’s eyeing passers-by or on his way somewhere.
It turns out that Taube, who died in 1976 at 85, was and remains one of Sweden’s most respected folk singers, a legendary traveler and sailer, and the author who penned the most well known Swedish language anti-Fascist poem. His song Änglamark, written for a popular 1971 Swedish cult film The Apple War, or Äppelkriget, was an early anthem for the environmental movement and is still widely performed today.