Seljord and the Legends

Feste: Seljord and the Legends is a rural district development project where physical design, art and cultural experiences are utilised as strategic instruments in the development. The project consists of several sub projects that all work within a common framework. Seljord and upper Telemark have a rich and vital storytelling tradition. The immaterial cultural heritage is an important element in the experience of the area’s landscape – a landscape of tales and legends. Here lies much of Seljord’s identity and soul. Throughout the project the aim has been to bring forth the invisible aspects of the cultural landscape, i.e. the tales and events that like there, layer upon layer, in our surrounding landscape. We aim to arrange for a total experience of landscape, legends, history and art. Contemporary art and modern architecture have been placed into the landscape, on sites associated with local tales and legends. The installations emerge from the site, they add something, and thus allow for new experiences of both tales and landscape.

Project name: Seljord and the Legends
Designer: Feste Landscape (Norway)
Location: Seljord municipality, Telemark county
Client: Seljord municipality
Design period: 2008-2011
Year of construction: 2011
Area: District development project with several different project sites
Budget/cost: 19.000.000 NOK
Chief Landscape architect: Tone Telnes, Feste Feste Landscape
Chief architect: RintalaEggertsson architects
Artists: Ellen Grøstad Barstad, Trygve Barstad, Ingrid Lene Langedok, Knut Hølje Odden, Kristine Brodersen, Gunnar Torvund, Torhild Grøstad and Philipp Dommen.
Photographer: Dag Jenssen


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