Lidingöloppet presents: This year's medal motif

The motif on this year's TCS Lidingö race medal, which by tradition bears motifs by the Lidingö artist Carl Milles, is a rearing horse. According to Milles, the horse is a power animal that proudly and courageously accepts all challenges in its path.

Lidingöloppet presents: This year's medal motif

The motif on the 2023 TCS Lidingö race medal, which all participants receive at the finish line, is Carl Milles' statue "Stegrande häst" ((1948).

Throughout his life, Carl Milles (1875-1955) has returned to animals as motifs. He observed in detail their expressions and movement patterns and placed great importance on their symbolic meaning.

For Milles, horses represented an energetic power animal that takes on all challenges in its path with pride and courage. "Rearing horse" is an example of a late sculpture where Milles moved towards a more modern and geometric design language than before, which can be seen in the simplified mane, ponytail and angular plant stems.

All of Carl Milles' statues, which, for 30 years have been featured on the TCS Lidingöloppet medals, can be seen at Millesgården on Lidingö. The following Carl Milles works have so far been embossed on the medals (names translated to Swedish):

1989: To another world
1990: To another world
1991: To another world
1992: The Vikings
1993: Faun with three ravens
1994: The Archer
1995: The Wind Goddess
1996: The Aganippe fountain
1997: Europa and the Bull
1998: Genius
1999: The Dancers
2000: Brother and Sister
2001: Sun Glitter
2002: The Flying Horse
2003: Diana
2004: ”Forest Nymph” from Man and Nature
2005: Centaur with Birds
2006: The Hand of God
2007: Play with Fishes
2008: Engelbrekt
2009: The Ice Skating Princess
2010: Jona and the Whale
2011: Detail of Poseidon
2012: "the Sisters" (detail from the Fountain of Faith
2013: The littlie Najad (detail)
2014: Man & Pegasus
2015: Heraldig lion
2016: "The Painter", detail from the Aganippe Fountain
2017: Hylas
2018: Eurydike
2019: Running Deer
2020: Rhinoceros
2021: Swallow (detail from the Fountain of Faith) 
2022: Forest God with Three Ravens

About Carl Milles:
Carl Emil Wilhelm Milles, born Andersson the 23th of June 1875 in Lagga (Knivsta municipality), died 19 September 1955 on Lidingö, was a Swedish sculptor. Carl Milles was active mainly in Europe, but for a long time also in the United States. He is known for his fountains and other works in large-scale format. Read more about Carl Milles at

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