Public Art

Folke Filbyter

By Carl Milles
Category: Sculpture


One of Milles’ most mysterious characters is Folke Filbyter. Milles had been inspired by an episode in the Swedish author and Nobel Laureate Verner von Heidenstam’s novel Folkungaträdet when he created Folke Filbyter, who was the heathen ancestor of the Folkunga dynasty. According to an old Swedish myth, Folke Filbyter was searching for his grandson who had been kidnapped by the monks. In this sculpture, he is apparently crossing a brook while engrossed in his search.

Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Dimensions: 12′ x 8′ x 5′
Year Completed: 1928
Material: Bronze
Owner: On loan from the St. Louis Art Museum

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