2014 Nord Østerdal High school, Tynset, Norway
Art Consultants: Grete Marstein, Kristin Sæterdal
Permanent artwork. Technique: Hydro - sculpture (hydro data + water jet), fluorescent acrylic glass.
Dimentions: 14m x 10m x 1cm
Localization of the building and its surrounding nature has a strong impact on the object. This floating ”map” of the river is oriented towards the north, and it is parallel towards The Glomma localization in nature. Large scale sculpture is giving place for rest and meetings in its shadow. Transparent, fluorescent veil - screen organizes space between floor and roof. By veil, function sculpture creates a sense of privacy. „Glowing” river is a reference point and characteristic shape visible from many points of view in school. The light, detailed, organic structure combined with the waving shape of the black box is building contrast towards monochromatic, monumental elements of the surrounding architecture. The intensive, vibrating colour of the object plays a dynamic role in a space dedicated to young students. Fluorescent colour has a strong impact and ability to arrest the eye. The sculpture emanates internal light without electricity. The transparent character of material lets a light spread colour on surroundings. Vibrant red is warming up space above the black box and underlining this place towards other spaces.
The shape of the sculpture is based on hydrographic information from the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Rivers usually hidden in maps don’t reveal their structure and powerful body formed by several elements.
The object is cut by using the ecological water jet process. This method is based on the same technique as nature is using water in the erosion process.
Photo credit Urszula Tarasiewicz