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Skiss och modell av ett tävlingsförslag gjord av Ralph Erskine och Möller-Nielsen

New donation to the ArkDes collections

ArkDes has received a new donation, a competition proposal for a monument to The Unknown Political Prisoner in London. The proposal was made by Ralph Erskine together with the sculptor Egon Møller-Nielsen in the early 1950s.

ArkDes has one of the world’s largest collections of drawings, models and photos. One of the most comprehensive is the Ralph Erskine Collection. The museum has now received a donation from Egon Møller-Nielsen’s studio – a 1953 competition proposal for a monument to The Unknown Political Prisoner in London, which Ralph Erskine and Egon Møller-Nielsen submitted together.

“Erskine and Møller-Nielsen felt that grandiose monuments were outdated and wanted to create something more usable instead. Their proposal was a playscape with a carousel, slide, skating rink and trampoline. The proposal won an honourable mention in the competition and the material is now available at ArkDes, donated by Møller-Nielsen’s wife, Kerstin Møller-Nielsen,” says Frida Melin, curator of the collections at ArkDes.