Stockholm, Sweden

Hemlös rav (Homeless Fox)

Forrest Mallard

The clever fox would never have imagined he would ever end up homeless. How did this happen? This simple concept is not a new revelation, homelessness can happen to anyone.


Corner of Drottninggatan and Strömgatan 11151 Stockholm-Norrmalm



A tiny sculpture by British artist Laura Ford

One of my favorite things in Stockholm.

The city of Stockholm purchased HEMLÖS RÄV in 2008 and hoped that this relatively small piece of art would serve as a reminder of those that are living without access to life’s basic needs. The local homeless newspaper “Situation” took a poll and asked its readers where this statue should be permanently installed. The result of this poll had Homeless Fox cemented in a position near Stockholm’s parliament building, casting his hollow gaze towards the politicians, and wondering how/why he has been forgotten.

I visited this little guy several times while I was in Stockholm. The message of this artwork is especially strong at night when he is all alone on the street.

This little fox makes an impression so profound that it is one of the things I will most remember about this lovely city.

Of the just under 800,000 citizens of Stockholm, there are about 3000 that live on the street, with the number of homeless children particularly distressing, and increasing. Stockholm’s “Stadsmission” organization works for short term and long term solutions for the homeless of the city. The organization runs cafés, bakers, and several second-hand clothing shops to support their efforts.

For those that feel inspired by THE HOMELESS FOX to help Stadsmission, you can check their homepage (website link on the left) for information on their current projects or make a contribution.

Homeless Fox is made by the British sculptor Laura Ford, born in 1961. Her sculptures are found in Tate Modern’s collections and the Arts Council of Great Britain. She represented Wales at the Venice Biennale 2005. The fox is part of her Rag and Bone sculpture series. In this collection, she created a group of sculptures and drawings based on the children’s stories of Beatrix Potter. Characters that many people have grown up to love. Characters that through her art are portrayed as homeless. Ford works with a variety of materials, often using random recycled materials, from fabric and found objects, to more traditional materials such as bronze and plaster.


By Forrest Mallard

By Forrest Mallard

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