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The Glomma / The Bodies of Rivers

Izabela Zolcinska, The Bodies of Rivers / The Glomma Project

Nord Østerdal Videregående Skole, Tynset, Norway

2014 - permanent installation

Localization of the building and its surrounding nature has strong impact on object. The Body of Glomma River is levittating above black box space. This floating ”map” of the river is oriented towards north and it is parallel towards The Glomma localization in nature. Monumental scale sculpture is giving place for rest and meetings in the shadow of the... river. Transparent, fluorescent veil - screen organizes space between floor and roof. By veil function sculpture creates sense of privacy. „Glowing” river is a reference point and characteristic shape visible from many points of view in school. Light, detailed, organic structure combines with waving shape of black box is building contrast towards monochromatic, monumental elements of surrounding architecture. Intensive, vibrating colour of object plays dynamic role in a space dedicated to young students. Fluorescent colour has strong impact and ability to arrest the eye. Sculpture is emanating internal light without electricity. Transparent character of material let a light spread colour on surroundings. Vibrant red is warming up space above black box and underline this place towards other spaces.
Shape of sculpture is based on hydrographic information from Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Rivers usually hidden in maps don’t reveal their structure and powerful body formed by several elements.
Object is cut by using ecological water jet process. This method is based on the same technique as nature is using water in erosion process.


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Photo by Urszula Tarasiewicz