In front of Rådhuset is this bronze monument,  called Fredsmonumentet (the monument of peace). It was created in 1955 by the artist Ivar Johnsson, to commemorate a celebration of the peaceful  dissolution of the union of Sweden and Norway in 1905, which was ceremoniously accomplished in Karlstad.  One name people call it is “Skräcktanten”  (the Horror Lady) ; a TV program selected it as the ugliest statue in Sweden. The soldier’s head, with it’s missing eyes, sharpened teeth and snakes slithering from his helmet truly is horrific.

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