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The main University building’s sphinxes are to be renovated

Sfinxes sitting om the university building.

In connection with the ongoing main University building renovation project, the National Property Board (SFV) discovered during an inspection that the building’s four sphinxes are in such poor condition that they must be taken down and recast. This is to prevent the risk of injury to passers-by from falling pieces of concrete. It is hoped that the recast sphinxes will be in place in 2022.

The top of the main University building’s mid-section is flanked by two pairs of sphinxes. A recent inspection by SFV found that the concrete sphinxes had such large cracks that for safety reasons they must be taken down and recast.

Work will start shortly on the removal of the sphinxes from the roof. They will then be recast and the aim is that the four new sphinxes will be on the roof again in 2022.

The four sphinxes, which are 2.2 metres high, two metres wide and one metre deep, each weigh 3.5 tons. They are replicas of the main University building’s original sphinxes and have been in place on the roof since 1993.

To find out more, read the SFV press release (in Swedish)