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The Forgotten Town and Thai House

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A different time, a different place – little do passers-by suspect, just what is concealed a few hundred metres away from the Kystriksveien coastal route.

A different time, a different place – little do passers-by suspect, just what is concealed a few hundred metres away from the Kystriksveien coastal route. An old settlement, a Thai landscape, a Sami dwelling. Or is it really? Artscape Nordland – The Forgotten Town – Jan Håfström, in collaboration with Johan CelsingOnly marked with a sign saying “Skulpturlandskap Nordland”, this work tells us about the hidden treasures at Oterstranda in Sørfjorden, about 15 km south of Inndyr.Here you can park your car and walk on the discovery trail along the idyllic cart road. A couple hundred metres up the hill, you will find a modest little sign indicating that one of 35 artworks making up Skulpturlandskap Nordland happens to be located at this very spot. A human encounter with nature and culture.Without knowing the story behind the artwork, visitors immediately get the feeling of entering an old settlement. The old ruins represent clear traces of one or several buildings, which once existed here. The location is beautiful with a view across the fjord and mountains, and it is not difficult to imagine that someone, at some time, chose to settle down here.The Swedish artist got the idea after seeing a picture in a newspaper of a bombed out Kurdish village. It was not his intention to recreate the scene, but rather he wanted to explore the traces and marks that humans leave behind. The sculpture might depict something that was once there or something that never existed at all – it is up to the beholder to make this determination.More information about Skulturlandskap Nordland: The Thai House and the Sami HutNot far from The Forgotten Town, visitors will find the beautiful Thai House which is idyllically located near a still lake. In the summer, the water lilies bloom on the glassy surface and there are green rushes growing below the house’s terraces. The house appears to be situated in a Thai landscape. However, it is not. The landscape is as Norwegian as any other, and in order to emphasise the universal aspect of nature, visitors will find a Sami Hut nearby. Thus, visitors can find their mindfulness with incense and meditation in the Thai House, or they can seek out the harmony of nature in a wood-burning Sami Hut. Both are open to visitors, and visitors are welcome to spend the night here. In the winter, when it becomes cold enough it is nice to go ice-skating on the lake. The Thai House and the Sami Hut are one of the results of the artistic endeavour known as The Nord Land. A number of articles and books have been written about this endeavour, and two university theses have dealt with the project.

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