This is not just a red-painted stone , it is the Red Stone! This Red Stone was first documented in 1758, and there are several explanations for the reasons that this boulder was painted.
An old legend says that a ship in severe storm would have leftover saved by getting a rope around the stone and thus received a strong mooring.
Another legend says that a Swedish officer would have been killed here, when the Danes tried to invade. His blood covered the stone!
However, the most probable explanation is that the stone, in the mid-1700s, marked the the limit of the city's water area to the west. During wartimes, chains were fastened on each side of the river and stretched across, to prevent unauthorized intrusion. The red stone simply marked the chains.
The stone is painted every year by the Port Authority. It looked very fresh painted now, but there was already some graffity on the other side. There will be more! Last year some persons decorated the stone with a Dalecarlian horse pattern, that you can see in the workshop. Here you may also get an idea of the size of the stone.
I agree that this red stone looks quite weird, like a huge raw liver
The whole area here is called Red Stone (Röda Sten), and here is also a cultural centre with this name.
If you look at the map view and zoom in to the satellite option, you can clearly see the stone as well! The marker is where I took this photo!
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emka (86341) 2010-03-21 10:38
Hi Gunnar, When there is no red shirt, let it be red stone. Nice shot red, blue and now still white from the snow. Funny tradition. Haha, indeed it can be seen on the map! The paint looks very fresh. A bit similar to my
red stone .
buscape (6219) 2010-03-21 10:57
this is an interesting place with good explanations about it in your note. The red coloured stone is a wonderful contrast to the white snow and the blue water in the background. Thank you also for the painted version in your workshop. A perfect posting in the sense of TE.
holmertz (45167) 2010-03-21 11:15
Röda sten really is very red. A funny tradition, but it serves photographers well. If only the grass had been green, but then on the other hand there would have been no snow, which also contrasts nicely to the red stone. The blue water of course makes a fine background.
mesutilgim (89054) 2010-03-21 11:45
Very nice capture; not only because of it eyecatching dominant red stone, but the whole compo itself and the story accompaying it.
Interesting entry with good usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
Budapestman (82620) 2010-03-21 13:24
an effective shot of this red stone, I like the composition and the interesting note, superb shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kelemes hetet kívánok!
Fis2 (89977) 2010-03-21 14:03
A very intertesting composition.
Superb colors and sharpness.
Have a nice week
bukitgolfb301 (37716) 2010-03-21 14:08
Hello my dear Gunnar
Very amazing and intersting shot!
This is not mischief, right?!
Sharp/clear/deep description in the detail as usual.
Very vivid color is always marlvelous too.
Well considered framework!
You did a great job again indeed!
Thanks for sharing and have a blue Monday!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-03-21 15:48
Good evening Gunnar,
I looked with interest the satellite view of the stone, it is impressive. It is a strange and interesting place. I like the photograph full with bright colors. Cheer.
Have a good night
jurek1951 (42194) 2010-03-21 21:44
Very well composed and captured photo. Great color, details and light.Very well done
alibasarir (15580) 2010-03-22 2:04
özellikle kırmızı rengin çarpıcılığı son derece güzel görünüyor.denizin mavi rengi ile nefis uyum sağlamış.çok güzel bir kompozisyon elinize sağlık.
snunney (89858) 2010-03-22 2:46
An interesting story to go with this interesting composition. I like how you have framed it; also the vivid tonal contrasts. I wonder how often they repaint it :-)
jasmis (57906) 2010-03-22 2:48
Really strange colour of this stone.
Regards my dear friend.
dip (23844) 2010-03-22 2:59
beautiful image,indeed the red stone is an eye-catching not only in your picture but,I think,also in that area,
very interesting note as well,
thanks for sharing,
windosil (1158) 2010-03-22 3:10
Excellent lighting that immediately shows that it's paint. Good composition with the branches in front of the stone.
The width of the stone is half the total width, emphasising its gross size.
Buin (42362) 2010-03-22 9:24
What an eye-catcher! It somehow even looks surreal. Here the third colour, the white of snow, creates a wonderful triad.
In combination with your interesting note an excellent contribution!
Greetings from Siegen, where spring has arrived. Weatherforecast for Wednesday: 20°C and bright sunshine!!!Frank
Graal (100088) 2010-03-23 0:15
unusual red painted stone. Fine contrast of colours. Good captured place and theme. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
jemaflor (89347) 2010-03-23 12:21
good light for this shot, great contrast of colors, impressive and original red stone, good idea.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-03-24 11:26
Interesting note and very well coloured shot with a very well ballanced contrast between red and blue. Superb color and too white color of the snow well exposed.
Have a nice evening,
Glint (6171) 2010-03-25 13:07
the red and the blue are certainly eye catching. However, i think Iprefer to workshop photo as that gives more of a sense of scale and is more interesting because of the Dalecarlian decoartion and the people there.
Bergensiana (365) 2010-03-26 12:17
The red stone is really an eye catcher.
Great colors and good sharpness in the picture.
Interesting and informative note.
Best regards, Trond
Dashab (2564) 2010-03-26 23:57
What a strange and interesting story! A picture perfectly suited for TE! ;-)
Excellent light management and great colours, especially the strong red and blue surrounded with the (hopefully last) remnants of snow.
TFS and have a nice weekend!
Warm regards from Prague,
Didi (59046) 2010-03-28 7:58
Interesting touch of red who contrasts well with the seascape.
Very original subject.
Ricx (13495) 2010-03-28 8:42
Hi Gunnar, fascinating! A great TE photo, well; presented and well shared. Its great to know that bright colours played a role in our world history. I cannot imagine something like this in Uk.. so great to see different cultural images.. TFS and have a great week ahead Ricx
wolf38 (31284) 2010-03-29 7:14
Hi Gunnar. Red, white, blue. What skilful for a color composition. The stone is a special kind of art - and the photo also. Regards, Wolfgang.
siolaw (38292) 2010-04-06 23:01
That is an interesting painted rock and story! And your compo works well in showing us this red boulder! The absence of skysky and a choppy sea texture with strong sharpness all over the picture.
fanni (14381) 2010-04-25 3:24
I missed this picture!!
The brightly sunlit RED stone looks so strange... but your very interesting Note explains everything :)
Frankly speaking, I like the WS variant a lot! why did you post it only as a WS version?? :)
s_lush (16134) 2011-02-08 13:36
This colorful stone is a real eye-catcher in your picture. In addition it is an important landmark and point of interest in Gothenburg, as your note says. It was a very good idea to paint the stone so nicely. You have captured it with the excellent composition and perfect quality. Very well done!
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-11-02 16:35
Hello Gunnar, a very interesting note explaining the existence of the red stone...and nice of you to capture it and to present it so we can learn something about it..
all the best
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (37642)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-03-16
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
- Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-21 10:22