Permanent light sculptures in the city Thorsø in Justland, Denmark. Supported by Favrskov Municipality and The Danish Arts Council and initiated by Thorsø Håndværker og Borgerforening. Finalized in 2018. Made in collaboration with the citizens of Thorsø and the natural surroundings. Photos: Heine Mann / the artist / Per Dybro
The three works are thought of as a cycle between past-present-future and between changeable expressions that bind three generations together: old age, adulthood and childhood. The design of the project is conceptual and a three-part process between nature's language, the citizens' choices and my ideas as an artist. Thorsø is a small community with strong unity, active citizens and a place people to return to establish their family. Along the path that binds the city together, there are over hundred year old oaks and at the end a lake has been created artificially. Humans have formed nature here for generations and we also know that microorganisms from nature also shape our temper and mind. It is a synergy. Therefore, high sustainability was also a priority.
THE LIGHTNING IN THE LAKE is a 5 meter high real oak tree that has been dried for half a year and encased in a luminescent, environmentally friendly pigment that shines blue like a lightning in the dark. A new landmark and a reference to the city's history. The Danish word for blue (blå) comes from “blár” that in Old Norse means "brilliant". Energywise is this sculpture stand alone and selfsufficient.
Along the path towards the city center, THE FIRETREES stand, three organic copper shapes, 3 meter high, with hightech printed solar cells in the shape of oak leaves and LED lights shaped as dream catchers, transforming sunlight into circuit energy - and perhaps also ideas into actions. They were made in collaboration with the research firm InfinityPV and world famous scientist Frederik C. Krebs. Energywise are these sculptures stand alone and selfsufficient.
Down in the city center of Thorsø Pavilion were the playground and the petanque court are situated, THE MEADOW is created together with the citizens and Thorsø´s nature It is a 10 meter long and 2 meter wide combined light sculpture and bench of glass-clear epoxy with plants collected by the citeizens - like a time capsule that may in 50 years give a curious picture of what our view of nature is today. The sculpture is backlit with LED lights, that start every night at 5 PM.
The ideas originated from my former exhibition A Three-Way Metamorphosis Play. It was about the human brain actually producing a simulated geometric imagery to guide us into the great chaos of nature. Imagine a forest path. To rule out the sensory bombardment we are exposed to, we see a straight line, a pathway. The problem is that we have started to adjust our surroundings and nature to this grid, the even lines and perfect circles. Perhaps our consciousness is limited. We will never understand our place in the larger perspective because we are part of a collective, common intelligence.