What a creative and artistic community! I travelled north of Wichita, Kansas in search of the famous Wild Dalas in little Sweden USA, Lindsborg, Kansas. "Where artists gather in the pursuit of beauty and honor of heritage". That was the preplanning internet search I found so I had to see it. And I was glad I did. This small town was founded by Swedish immigrants in 1868 and they keep true to their heritage as is evidenced everywhere from the Välkommen signs as you enter, to the Wild Dalas on the sidewalks in the heart of the town, to the Dala horse-shaped plaques on houses and lamp posts. The Wild Dalas are four foot tall horses located along the sidewalks of North Main street and other locations that you are challenged to find. They are painted by various artists. Some are more whimsical than others but all have interesting styles and names.
This first image is a close-up from the side of one of the Dala horses.
Introducing "Salvador Dala", artwork by the SVHS Painting and Design Class and the instructor, Lindy Nelson, obviously a very talented group. This Dala is loaded with many visual concepts and you can easily spend a lot of time studying it and trying to understand its meaning or more likely...creating your own meaning from the concepts that are presented.
Close-up from the side of the neck of Salvador Dala. The skeletal fingers are opening a zipper pull that interestingly looks like a beercan pull tab.
Close-up from the other side of Salvador Dala! As you look into the left open tooth you see a human figure lying next to the entrance and a doorway down the hall. And to the right of it, your eye is looking into the tooth as seen from the other side of the hallway! The lower teeth appear to be yellow fingers with painted fingernails of the skull-like figure looking out.
Close-up from the other side of the head and neck.
The amazing Dalahippus Lindsborgensis is located in front of the Swedish Country Inn. The artist was Lee Becker.
The "Rörmokarens Vän", Plumber's Friend is a more traditional style of Dala by artist and well known Dala painter, Shirley Malm.
Another interesting Dala, "Hello Dala". Beautifully done by artist Gretchen Elliot and sponsored by the Friends of Broadway RFD.
Close-up of the neck of Hello Dala.
Close-up from the side of Hello Dala.
The next Dala I found was "Dalallama Telecomma". The artist was Steve Scott. This Dala with its third eye is covered with telephone handsets, commas, and has its tongue sticking out. You've got to love the details and the concepts!
Close-up of Dalallama Telecomma with its commas, handsets, and the parallel wavy lines that don't cross.
This is another very beautiful Dala, the "Methodist Mare", artist Maleta Forsberg. This Dala is located in the front of the Trinity United Methodist Church. It's fitting that this Dala standing at the front of the church presents an introduction to the observer of the history, symbology, and faith of the United Methodist religion.
The front of the Methodist Mare.
There were more Dala horses in Lindsborg to be found. I saw more but that will be for the next time. I was going to Millfest, one of the town's annual festivals to tour the old flour mill, and then on to find the castle at Coronado Heights!