Bronze Bust of Garbo in Sweden
Mar. 18, 2001
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ A bronze bust of film legend Greta Garbo finally found a home Sunday on the block where she was born.
In the mid-1990s, a local householders' association commissioned a bronze bust from Swedish artist Jan-Erik Bjoerk and put it in the southern part of the capital. But the city's art council ruled that the bust did not look like the Swedish actress and ordered it taken down.
A new bust was done by German artist Julia Eble, but the art council again rejected the likeness and banned it from city property. So the association appealed to the private sector, finally donating the bust to a private realty company that put it on the facade of its building in southern Stockholm.
``As this is a private building, the art council has no say,'' association spokesman Rune Sahlstroem said.
Garbo, who fiercely guarded her privacy, starred in 1930s classics like ``Mata Hari'' and ``Anna Karenina.'' She died in New York City in 1990 at age 84.