Södergatan, Malmö, Sweden
If this statue could make music, it would make bold, brassy, happy music. The kind of music that makes you want to tap your feet, dance, sing. Optimistic music, performed by an optimistic orchestra (or optimistorkestern). This statue by Malmö-born artist Yngve Lundell is meant as a tribute to Polish unionist, President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Wałęsa, and American minister, civil-rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. Nowhere does it mention their work, their achievements. Instead it’s a celebration of the hope, the optimism, those two men gave to so many – not just in their own countries, but across the entire world. And what better kind of tribute could you want than that?