The Man at Sea – The 4 white men

Must-see sculpture at Esbjerg

At Sædding Strand north of Esbjerg you will find Man by the Sea, a sculpture by Svend Wiig Hansen, which was created in connection with Esbjerg Municipality's 100th anniversary in 1994 and has since become an internationally known landmark for the city of Esbjerg.

The sculpture depicts four white men in a row looking out over the sea, and is very similar to the Easter Island monoliths. The figure protrudes 9 meters into the air and can be seen up to 10 kilometers from the sea side. The white men scouting out over the sea must symbolize the pure man's encounter with nature.

If you visit Esbjerg or go on holiday in the area, Man by the Sea is a must-see and can be visited with a packed lunch or in connection with a visit to the Fisheries and Maritime Museum, which is one of Denmark's most visited attractions and therefore count as Esbjerg's main attraction.

“One of the most beautiful places in Esbjerg where you can ride your bike along the water to Hjerting. You can experience the Wadden Sea which is a nice visit. Clearly a place to visit if you visit Esbjerg. ”

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Bonus info: Wiig Hansen already made a sketch for the sculpture back in 1954 and had originally intended that the four white men should be placed on Grenen in Skagen.

FAQ about Man by the Sea

Buses leave from Esbjerg Railway Station for the sculpture.

If you come by car, there are two small parking spaces on either side of the sculpture.

Yes, there are tables and benches where you can eat a packed lunch, but in high season there can be a rift about the seats.

2 reviews

  1. Flat and indifferent

    The four white men by Svend Wiig Hansen disappointed me to a degree that I have rarely felt. Not the characters as such, but the location. There are just the four figures standing on a flat grass field surrounded by partly a country road and another road. When I read about them in my time, I saw before my inner eye that you were walking in hilly terrain on the way to the sea, and suddenly you see 4 round white balls and as you get closer, the four proud men reveal themselves. The revelation of this work is completely and utterly lacking and makes it in my eyes flat and indifferent.

  2. Nice walk

    Good walk from the first German bunkers on the nature trail that leads past Man by the sea and on past the sowing area with planting to one side and the water to the other all the way to the outlet of Mølleåen & #8230;

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Sædding Strandvej 1
Esbjerg 6710 DK
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