Vermont artist, Peter Lundberg, installed Freya in Griffiss International Sculpture Garden on the walking trail along Ellsworth Road.
Freya is 18′ x 15′ x 9′, cast concrete with pigments and stainless steel formed in an earthen mold. Completed in 2002 ‘Freya’, means “Goddess of Love” in Nordic Viking mythology.
“Building Freya was complex. I began making a simple shape, long and elongated, 50′ long, then decided to twist and crumple the shape into a sort of butterfly. The process was brutal, digging in the earth burying the form, twisting steel and forms and finally forcing concrete into the forms. Freya is a very special sculpture to me and I am happy she has a permanent home in Rome,” said Artist Peter Lundberg.
Freya is inspired by the wild Nordic landscape of western Norway, where the clouds blow furiously over mountains and waterfalls fly horizontally with such power as to evoke gods of thunder, love and the warrior/poet Odin. Freya, as the most powerful female Goddess, evokes a power that is both beautiful and unforgiving.
Peter Lundberg was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1961and maintains a studio in Lake Bomoseen, Vermont. He received a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Art from Skidmore College in 1983 and later an MFA in Sculpture from Bennington College in 1985.
Griffiss Park Landowners, Griffiss Local Development Corporation and Sculpture Space have partnered to create Griffiss International Sculpture Garden. Now in its fifth year, this piece brings the collection to 21 public sculptures which are either commissioned, purchased or on loan to the Park. Parking, to access the walking trail, is located off Geiger Road and is denoted with a green column sculpture.