Installation on Mt. Sandviksfjellet, Bergen, Norway, including four banners
(height; 3 meter., total length; 50 meter.) displaying the words; "Gud,
Kong Harald, Norge" (God, King Harald, Norway) December 2005. A connected
picture where displayed and a set of buttons where for sale at Hordaland
In January 1991, shortly after the outbreak of the war in the Gulf,
I happened to discover the words(1) God, King Hassan and Morocco,
written with stones on the hillside above Agadir, a tourist destination
in the south of the country.
Later, I realized that similar words also must have been inscribed in
the Norwegian(2) bedrocks once. Over the years, the letters and words
have become overrun and they are therefore difficult to recognize. I am
however sure that it will be possible for you to trace them, if you just
examine the mountains around Bergen(3) thoroughly enough.
Anyhow, as a Norwegian artist(4), I regard it as my duty to remind you
of the fact that God, King Harald, Norway and the Norwegian mountains,
are still so interwoven that it is hardly possible to see them separately
from eachother. And that is probably also the reason why the mountains(5)
are so important(6) for the people in Bergen.
1 Words might seem to have no real substance.
Unlike solid objects they are like castles in the air. Nothing but some
sound disappearing in the air. Or some pattern on paper. Like this. -
On the other hand; without words there would definitely be no real
2 The Norwegian constitution is said to last until the
major mountain, Dovre, falls apart.
3 Bergen is a German word meaning mountains.
4 National-romantic paintings are important i Norwegian
art history, and romantic mountain-landscapes were an important contribution
to the building of Norway as an independed nation.
5 The mountains around Bergen are locally known as byfjell.
In English byfjell could be translated into city-mountains.
But what is a citymountain? A domesticated mountain? An urban
mountain? Or even a man-made mountain?
6 An opinion poll in August 2005 concludes that 16%.of
the city's population thinks that the byfjell and the surrounding
nature is what its habitants can be most proud of. - And; pictures of
mountains and fjords play a substantial role in the marketing of Destination
Tidende 17.12.2005: "Bokstavelig talt i fjellsiden"
"Hvorfor skal det stå Gud på fjellet mitt"
13.12.2005: "Hollywood på Sandviksfjellet"
Tidende 10.12.2005: "Gå på oppdagelsestur med GPS"
Produced as a part of Luftslott,
curated by Nina Lundström and Therese Solbakken. Supported by Maxprint