The Swedish edition of this book is found here.
In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Mälaröarna. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop. These are its strange tales.
Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have spread like wildfire on the Internet. The 2015 Kickstarter for the English version of the book raised over $320,000. Stålenhag’s portrayal of a childhood against a backdrop of old Volvo cars and coveralls, combined with strange and mystical machines, creates a unique atmosphere that is both instantly recognizable and utterly alien.
In this top-quality artbook, Simon Stålenhag’s first set of paintings are collected in book form—together with texts that tell the stories of the youth who lived in the shadows of the machines. In addition, three separate prints (format 260×230 mm) as well as a full-color map (format 520x340mm) of the land of The Loop are included in the book.
“If you’ve got a geek in your family who needs a Christmas present, this should be it. They’ll love you forever.”
– NPR BOOKS
“Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish”
– THE VERGE
“My Life as a Dog mixed with Transformers… absolutely brilliant.”
– SVT (Swedish national television)
“The hangover of an abandoned government science programme. Dinosaurs show up too in this quiet war of multiple worlds.”
– The Guardian
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