Steinar Breiflabb

Steinar Breiflabb has three brothers: Pierre Baudroie in France, Stonie Rockwell-Monkfish in England and Adolf Seeteufel in Germany. The father of the family is called Lophius Piscatorius.

Erik Dietman's sculpture - the little island transformed into a fish at the seaward approach to Brønnøysund - is a piece of art that could be called 'land art' for the way is uses a geographical formation as its starting point. At the same time, this artwork turns all our normal ideas about land art upside down. Where 'land art' has usually been directed at the notion of art as object, Dietman does the opposite: he transforms geography into figures, landscape into objects.

This is characteristic of Dietman's way of thinking. He is constantly asking questions about our ways of thinking, and of creating categories, rules or systems. His message seems to be the adventure that the entire visual world, but also language, can offer us, if we only dare to look without preconceived notions. Dietman looks at the world and at culture playfully and with humour. It seems as though his objective is a liberation of the imagination and joy in living, even if this joy is also complex and frequently has its darker sides.


  • Completed 1997
  • Stone, trees and a boat
  • Length 7000 cm, height 1000 cm, width 2000 cm


The sculpture is located in the middle of the fairway at the entrance to Brønnøysundregistrene.

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