Thursday, April 24, 2008

Stockholm Globe Arena

This spherical metal souvenir building of The Stockholm Globe, now called the Ericsson Globe, is a very rare item in Scott D’s collection. Its a desk display with a white marble base, brass card holder, brass clock mount (missing clock), a hole (possibly where a pen mount might have been) and a small storage space below. The diameter of the building replica globe is 4-5 inches and the base is 5-6 inches wide. Scott received it from a friend who traveled to Finland and found it. At first he was skeptical that is was a building until he researched it. The real building, located in Stockholm, Sweden, is currently the largest hemispherical building in the world and  in Swedish is nicknamed Globen. It represents the Sun in the Sweden Solar System, the world's largest scale model of the sytem. With a diameter of 361 feet, the ‘Globen’ is primarily used for ice hockey and has seating capacity for 16,000 spectators for shows and concerts. It opened in 1989 and was designed by Svante Berg and Lars Vretblad. Do you have one in your collection? Do you know of other spherical souvenir buildings? Let us know via the ‘comments’ link below.

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