Art project in Sweden will pay someone to do nothing at Gothenburg train station

Art project in Sweden will pay someone to do nothing at Gothenburg train station

Sweden’s public art body has sparked outrage for commissioning an art work which will see £500,000 of public money used to hire an employee to do whatever they like forever, so long as they punch in and out on a time clock each day. 

Eternal Employment, by artist duo Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby, won the competition to supply a public artwork for Gothenburg’s new Korsvagen train station. 

“The position holds no duties or responsibilities, other than that it should be carried out at Korsvagen. Whatever the employee choses to do constitutes the work,” they wrote in their proposal. 

The position’s lucky holder will be paid 21,600 kronor (£1,900) a month, with the salary for the role increasing at an average of 3.2 percent annually over the next 120 years. 

Lars Hjälmered, a Gothenburg MP for the centre-right Moderate Party told the Daily Telegraph that the artwork could be “devastating for the tax morality of society”. 

“Society can’t fulfil basic requirements: we have a lack of police, more to do to improve school results, and looking at these challenges, I think it is absurd to have artworks like this,” he said. 

But Lotta Mossum, the curator responsible for the work at Public Art Agency Sweden, said that the budget for Eternal Employment was no different from that allotted to the other three artworks commissioned for the train line. 

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