“Earth is our planet, with a small house — my home, my fortress, my place on Earth. The house and home are deeply symbolic, a powerful metaphor for so much in life — security, family, myself, my possessions, my world. But the house can also be a prison. I enjoy simple symbolism. It is a decorative object, but if one so wishes, it contains much more. It is among the themes that I have simplified in order to reach the core – the boat, the stairs, the ladder, the staff. You might call it my alphabet of symbols.”
– Bertil Vallien
The collection, which is part of the Kosta Boda Artist Collection, launched in 2010.