Artscape Nordland

33 artworks
33 artists
33 muinicipalities

Artscape Nordland is an international art project with invited participants from 18 countries.

The project originated in a comprehensive debate about the role of art in society. The County of Nordland, with its 240.000 inhabitants, does not have an art museum - and people must travel long distances to study modern art in museums and galleries. The idea of a collection of modern art in Nordland, one sculpture in every municipality and with the landscape as gallery, was first presented in 1988.

The underying idea of the project is that a work of art creates a place of its own through its very presence in the landscape. The sculpture also visualises its surroundings, thus giving the place a new dimension. The dialogue resulting from the encounter between the sculpture and spectator reveals different ways of understanding and interpreting art.

The project officially started in 1992, and was completed in 1998. Sculptures, located in beautiful, varied and often brutal landscapes on the coast of the Atlantic, will be found in 33 of the 45 municipalities in the county. An art gallery without walls or a ceiling - and covering an area of 40.000 km2.


These pages contain photos and information about the artworks, the artists and the municipalities that take part in Artscape Nordland.

You can also follow the process from the idea and sketches through the selection of locations to the opening seremonies.

Many people have written poems, essays and articles after having visited the sculptures. Some of the texts can be found here.

Artscape Nordland has been subject to much debate, and many people have been engaged in the discussions. Our media archives contains more than 3000 articles from newspapers and other media. Note that many of them are in Norwegian. is best explored with Internet Explorer.

Project coordinators

Maaretta Jaukkuri, sjefskurator ved Museet för Nutidskonst i Helsinki

Project leaders: 
2006-     Siri Kvitvik
2003-05 Per Gunnar Tverrbak

1994-03 Torill Ueland
1993-94 Marianne Skjulhaug
1990-93 Margrete Gunnes
1988-89 Peter Glanfield

Flash presentation

Kjartan Haugen


Vegar Moen
Werner Zellien
Trym Ivar Bergsmo
David Kinsella
Private photos

Artscape Nordland
Nordland County Council, Dept. of Cultural Affairs
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