Process

ODDVAR I.N. DESCRIBES THE ARTWORK IN ADVANCE:


Working title: "Himmelspeil" - Sky mirror



A circle, approx. 10 m in diameter (78 m2), carved into the bedrock. The area I have chosen is, as you can see from the slides, a fascinating and grand natural landscape. The rock in the area is predominantly porphyric granite.



One of my initial ideas when I saw this place, was to grind down the tops of the enormous granite slabs at the fot of the mountain. The costs of this "project" would then have reached astronomical figures. [...] I have chosen to bring the concept of the polished planes acting as sky mirrors forward in a more moderate form.

The circle will, as I mentioned, be ground into the bedrock, which has an incline of approx. 30 degrees, facing west (see map). This location and the site's direction, means I mostly avoid reflecting direct sunlight (only upwards). What I'm after is indirect light, the way light shifts on the surface in a multitude of ways, depending on the clouds, light, wet/dry conditions, etc.



This "simplistic" and unassuming, yet distinct "intervention" will work well in this unique environment. The circle will be visible from both directions, as well as from the sea and fairway. It is possible to get there by car; there will be a 150–200 m walk up to the sculpture itself. [...]

Grinding down and polishing an area this big is primarily a question of time and manpower. The grinding process itself is simple, using pneumatic angle grinders and water cooling. First, a rough grind with diamond discs is completed, and then a five-stage polishing process. The rock itself is relatively plane and "smooth"; the grinding will follow the contours of the rock along the plane and not cut into it. Smaller depressions and pores will not be polished.

Oddvar I. N.'s sculpture entitled "Opus to the sky and earth" sits in the mountainside above Høyholm, along the Coastal Highway in the Municipality of Vevelstad. It is visible from the highway, as well as from the fairway and from the air.