When Balticgruppen acquired the old mental hospital in Umedalen in 1987 the site had developed a terrible reputation. The sculpture park was opened in 1994 and has made a tremendous difference to how people perceive the whole area. The park attracts over 20,000 people a year and is free to visit every day of the year.
The park is owned by Balticgruppen, and is the result of a long collaboration between Krister Olsson and Stefan Andersson, part owner of Galleri Andersson Sandström.
Balticgruppen have amassed a collection of over 40 sculptures amongst the almost 200 Swedish and international artists whose work has been exhibited in the last 20 years.