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A deer is watching a street on Sdermalm island. This graffiti deer is a common sight all over Stockholm, wherever there is a building site or a house is being renovated and there is a protective wooden wall like here.

I first saw a smaller version of the deer maybe 10 years ago, when it started to appear on the back side of traffic signs. I had no idea who put it there, or indeed why, but I always thought it looked nice.

Then from about 3-4 years ago this larger deer has been found at building sites, but it was not until I had taken these photos that I finally made a Google search for it. I learned that it is created by street artist Peter Baranowski (born in 1974) who is mainly active in Stockholm. He has also built a number of funny birdhouses that can be found in unexpected places in parks or along busy streets. They often disappear after a short time, possibly having become collectors' items.

The woman in this photo has of course no connection with the deer. I just waited for someone to be in the right spot to enliven the view and balance the photo. I usually find photos of empty streets rather boring.

On the deer's right ear is a poster calling for a rally against the Russian war in Ukraine.

Two WS photos show a similar deer.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12693 W: 572 N: 24304] (103540)
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