Gunnar Wennerberg by Carl Johan Eldh

Gunnar Wennerberg by Carl Johan EldhGunnar Wennerberg by Carl Johan EldhGunnar Wennerberg by Carl Johan EldhGunnar Wennerberg by Carl Johan EldhGunnar Wennerberg by Carl Johan EldhGunnar Wennerberg by Carl Johan Eldh

Artist Carl Johan Eldh created this statue of the Swedish poet, composer and politician Gunnar Wennerberg in 1915. It was a gift from the Wennerberg Memorial Association to the City of Minneapolis and stands in Minnehaha Park. A plaque on the back of the sculpture includes the poem:

Oh God, who rulest fate of nations,
Almighty thou in every land,
Who holdest life and death’s privations.
Within the hollow of thy hand,
Whatever punishment thou wieldest
For Svea’s sin of yore ‘gainst thee,
Endure she will, if thou but shieldest
Her immemorial liberty

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