Suspended weightless above the floor floats a city made of cardboard. It’s the work of Swedish artist and illustrator Nina Lindgren, and this is the second time she’s built it. Her Floating City was shown at an art’s festival in 2014 but when the event ended the sculpture was nowhere to be found. Was it stolen? Was it thrown away or recycled? Undaunted, Lindgren began building and the Floating City rose again.
I almost exclusively used cardboard,” she tells The Raw Book. “I collect it from the recycling center in my apartment building, from stores and sometimes I find it on the street. I really appreciate the sustainable, earth friendly aspect of reusing a recyclable material. Cardboard also has a lot of expressions. It varies in thickness, hue, color, texture. A bunch of cardboard means so many possibilities to me, when it to others may just be rubbish.
Lindgren’s building materials may be “rubbish,” but the cohesive aesthetic that permeates her work is wonderfully rich. From watercolors to cardboard sculptures her works are light, bright and optimistically buoyant. See more on her Instagram or at her personal website.