Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden by population and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. It is situated on the west coast of Sweden. The City of Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. It lies by the sea at the mouth of Göta Älv—the river running through the city—and is the largest seaport in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg is home to many students, as the city includes both the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Volvo was founded in Gothenburg in 1927. The city is a major centre in Sweden for sports and home to the IFK Göteborg, BK Häcken, GAIS and Örgryte IS association football teams as well as the Frölunda HC ice hockey team. Gothenburg is served by Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, located 30 km southeast of the city centre. It is the second largest airport in Sweden. The city is also served by Gothenburg City Airport, located 15 km from the city centre. In Dutch, Scots and English, all languages with a long history of being spoken in this trade and maritime-oriented city, the name Gothenburg has traditionally been used for the city as in the Gothenburg Film Festival. The French form of the city name is Gothembourg. Gottenburg can also be seen in some older English texts. These traditional forms are now sometimes replaced with the use of the Swedish Göteborg, for example by the Göteborgsoperan and the Göteborg Ballet. However, Göteborgs universitet, previously designated as Göteborg University in English, changed to the University of Gothenburg in 2008. The municipality of Gothenburg has also reverted to the use of the English name in international contexts. Other old variations in Swedish are Götheborgh, and the more common, Götheborg. One English text written in the late 15th century states the name as "Guthaeborg".
Poseidon statue by Carl Milles is one of Gothenburg's most famous landmark. Situated on Götaplatsen the sea god prides with the main street Kungsportsavenyn in front of his feet.The statue was inaugurated in September 1931. The fountain can be found six small sculptures and reliefs with different water creatures. To Gothenburg exhibition in 1923 a fountain was built in the same place as Poseido.
From the Art Museum stairs are beautiful views of the Avenue and a classic Gothenburg photo spot with Poseidon in the foreground. Poseidon's original light green patina over time with a brown coating of rust. The old cast iron pipes from 1931 in which the water circulates through is one of the reasons for the deposition. To get Poseidon green again, the tubes replaced and conservators will use the method torri blasting on the sculptures. The restoration of Poseidon begins in late August 2011 and scheduled for completion in mid-November. To conservators to work in all weather set up a scaffold with protective tissue around the sculpture. On the web there will be information about Poseidon's history and on the blog www.svk.com / Poseidon will be able to follow the conservators' work. A modern apparatus for lighting and water jets that can change color is also installed so that it can be controlled by computers.
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