Public Art Sculpture Ministry of Infrastructure

Winning Proposal for the Ministry of Infrastructure funded competition for ‘Art in Public spaces’

‘Olive Twist’ is a Community Project in the Town of Żejtun, Malta. It is led and coordinated by the Local Council of Żejtun, Wirt iż-Żejtun, the Malta UNESCO Youth Association (MUYA) and the Danish & Maltese Architect and Artist Rune Bo Jakobsen.
The ‘Olive Twist’ sculpture is inspired by the organic growth and twisting movement of the ancient Olive trees deeply rooted in the culture of Żejtun. Reminiscent of the traditional Maltese silver filigree jewelry, the sculpture is a network of intertwining reflective stainless steel rods twisting and branching outwards. The sculpture will be the centre and catalyst for surrounding trees to be planted in the future embellishment of the Carlo Diacono Square in Żejtun.



Presenting:  An exploration of Light through the Clouds of Malta

As part of the Allura Art Trail exhibiting ‘CLOUDSCAPE’  at Spinola Park, St. Julians MALTA – Opening Saturday & Sunday 12 noon -18 pm   3rd-4th  November 2018

Sculpture and Painting exhibition & LIVE workshop by Rune Bo Jakobsen.


Exhibition in Gozo

This weekend we opened my solo exhibition at Art..e Gallery on Malta’s beautiful sister Island: Gozo

It was a fun event with guests from a few months of age to +98years(!) spilling out on to the quaint Library Street of the historical town of Victoria.

The exhibition will extend until 7th July. Everyone is welcome.

Over the years I have noticed it can be a feat preparing and taking the 30minute journey ‘over seas’ from Malta to Gozo; yet always rewarding!

Crossing the channel by ferry and passing thru the valley to Victoria the tranquility immediately hits me and I say,  ‘Imagine Malta once used to be like this’.

One travels to Gozo maybe a few times a year on a weekend break to experience Nature and tranquility – but is it not possible to connect our everyday lives with nature?

Could we contain our buildings like the Citadel leaving space for children to run and explore in the fields?

Could the wide roads leave space for bicycle paths in the countryside?

Could our daily lives rely less on commuting by car and instead we could stroll through the meandering townscapes?

‘Gozo: Architecture of a flower’ seeks to open our eyes to the beauty of Nature big and small; a Nature which with the rapid development and urban sprawl is becoming more and more rare in Malta – and now also affected in Gozo.

This exhibition has been an exploration, seeing the beauty of Gozo: with it’s golden cliffs, green valleys, purple skies and how a few serene townscapes still co-exist in harmony with the surrounding landscape. From the magnificent cliffs to the delicate flower perched on it, the Nature of Gozo has inspired me.

Over the past year I have explored and experimented; learning from the landscape and studying the folds of ‘Fungus Rock’ cliff faces to the folds of a flower. I also discovered a transparent cloth-like material, which is used in Malta to sift gunpowder for fireworks.  Folding this shiny brass netting and in architectural terms translating the geometry of the intricate ‘Snap Dragon’ flower into a series of origami-like sculptures. Like my 2013 concrete ‘Popcorn’ series these have a soft, approachable aspect whilst embodying stages of growth albeit being rooted and perched in harsh limestone surroundings.

In my Gozo paintings the focus is also on folds: outlining the edges whilst unveiling the colours in the shadows of the Gozitan landscapes and townscapes.

Finally, a new route has also begun to emerge in the latest pieces: creasing composition paths diagonally across the canvas joining the sky with the landscape.  In paintings with seascapes these paths are becoming shimmering constellations of light.

Rune Bo Jakobsen , Valletta, June 2018


New Technique: Torched Watercolour

Some twenty years ago I had experimented in Aarhus with Fire and Card – successfully capturing the flame on paper.

Whilst painting today I dug into my toolbox in my studio and came across gas torches – last time used to strip old wooden beams from paint.

The acrylic on watercolour paper was still soaking wet – I remembered what I once had done in Denmark – could the wet Iceberg landscape become scorched?

Powerful contrasts between heat and cold embodied in the painting;

And a comment on how we are burning natural resources: mankind torching the iceberg and placing a silver fingerprint on his mark.

Last I visited my sister, geologist Gro Birkefeldt Moeller Pedersen in Iceland it impressed me how fast the Glaciers recede.

In Iceland the Global Warming physically changes the landscape.

And here in Malta where polluting cars dominate the landscape and the way of life; we ignore the unbearable heat inevitably approaching in the coming Summer months.

Whilst money, oil and supplies are plentiful, sea water is desalinated and drinking water is carted home by the dozens in plastic bottles. The winter rains are flushed out at sea with the new storm relief network. Decision makers will in 2018 -as every year- take to the comfort of Air Conditioned black cars and offices – whilst African day-workers cross perilous arterial roads by foot or bicycle in the scorching heat.

Will it be too late the day the politicians start feeling the heat?

Rune Bo Jakobsen

Malta, March 2018


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Paintings and Sculptures Shortfilm

Paintings and Sculptures with roots in Organic Architecture. From Paintings of Valletta Cityscapes to Bronze Horse, Concrete Popcorn, Maltese Limestone and Timber Light Sculptures – the Artists Workshop seeks to experiment and explore. Each new media gives a new angle and inspiration to the artistic journey. Music Copyright by Monica Xiao: ‘Midnight Fantasy’ ; Album: ‘Piano Droplets’

“from Paintings to Sculptures…from Sculptures to Light… from Light to Architecture”


New Art Studio & Exhibition Opening: May 2017

At the new Art Studio & Gallery Opening in May 2017:

Above: “Voyager I’ Light Sculpture & Mediterranean Clouds

Centre:  Valletta Backlit & Valletta Street Scapes

Below:  ‘In Blue -Waterfall’, ‘Phenomena, Rain Cloud’ & ‘In Red- Glow’

Contact RBJ for Studio Viewings.





Popcorn Sculptures & HUG ME Soft Furniture Now Exhibiting at Malta Design Week

Popcorn Now Exhibiting at Fort St Elmo! -Malta Design Week- 17-24 MAY 10am-10pm

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Popcorn sculpture now at Dock 1

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