within the project Artscape Norway today, National Monument on Vítkov Hill in Prague
We are participating today to the Conference '' Vítkov Hill – Landscape Art?'' discussing Norwegian landscape projects beyond visual aspects of public space and landscape as inspiration for the Czech Republic.
Sixten is presenting our project ''The Clearing'' at Utøya.
The clearing is a project that has been selected by the parents and politicians themselves, it has also been built with them. In that sense, one can read here the way Norwegian society has decided to deal with such a tragic event. The nature as a healing landscape and a chance to pace the sense of the individual and the national memory into the cycle of seasons. Perhaps here nature can help us get a bigger understanding of life and death and represent a Norwegian/Nordic attitude - humble, pacifists and enlightened - in front of such tragic event. Given today’s European turmoil, the meaning of a natural and landscaped memorial like the Clearing at Utøya proposes an alternative vision one Nordic society can associate with.