Järnpojke (literally the “Iron Boy”) is a small statue that stands in a church courtyard in Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan. It is not just any small statue; this 15-centimeter artwork is known as Sweden’s tiniest public monument.
Sitting on a small table on a larger metal plate, this charming artwork is beloved by locals. They care for the boy and adorn him with clothes and items based on current affairs or weather. In winter he usually gets many hand-knitted scarfs and hats, while in summer he is sometimes seem with a parasol or sunglasses. He is often also surrounded by coins from various countries. This is not for nothing, as it is believed that the Iron Boy bestows good luck upon those who rub his head or give him a small gift.
The church square where the diminutive statue is located is a bit secluded, not very well known to tourists. Nevertheless, Järnpojke is visited by many people who happen to know a local or take a tour that stops by.
The statue was made in 1967 by the Swedish artist Liss Eriksson. It is said that he had a studio that looked out over the square, and after many years of living there he decided to make something to brighten up his view. The statue was originally named ‘The Boy Who Looks at the Moon,” but these days he is simply known as Järnpojke.