Title: Kistefjellet, 2006 (Mountain)
Type of work: Public commission developed for the Troms region tax office, Tromsø, Norway.
Commissioned by: KORO, Kunst i offentlige rom/ Public Art Norway
Year of production: 2006
Description: The installation was developed as an integrated part of the local tax office public area. The piece consists of an ornamental drawing, directly mounted on the wall, and a landscape-model on the floor. Both pieces are composed of copper coins, the smallest currency in Norway.
The coins hold several associations. The use of a shiny and reflective medium relates to classic art tradition as expression for beauty and radiance. Metals as copper are traditionally associated with high art. In contrast, keeping the small change relates to small scale savers. The coins also reflect the institutional context of the tax office.
The ornamental drawing, placed on the key wall of the public area, constitute a pattern based on the diagram Strange Attractor taken from Chaos theory physics. It depicts processes that are stable though never alike. The diagram describes dynamic systems where a certain order develops over time. As such the drawing expresses an energetic and active mode. The pattern whirls upwards on the wall as a visual metaphor for economic circuits.
Technical assistance: Lucyna Czaplinska, Duksund Carpenter Workshop and Pål Kolbenstvedt.
Documentation photos: Werner Zellien