The basis for Artscape Nordland is the idea that a work of art, with its presence, creates its own place. The sculpture also makes its surroundings visible, so that the place gets a new dimension. The dialogue that happens between the work and the viewer will show different ways to understand or interpret art.

Artscape Nordland
2018-03-2612:59 Lisa Sollie

Artscape Nordland is an international collection of art, which includes 35 works of art in 34 municipalities, with specifically invited artists from 18 countries.

The artists in Artscape Nordland have developed their work following a visit in the municipality they were sent to. Through the meeting that took place, when the artists familiarized themselves with the nature as well as the culture, he/she presented a sketch for a work placed at a certain location in the municipality. These meetings between the place and the artist form the foundation for the meeting all the visitors can participate in when they visit the works of art in this collection.

An art gallary free of walls and roof – and with an area of 40.000 square kilometres.

In Vesterålen we have 6 sculptures and also an outdoor gallery with photos of all the sculptures throughout the Artscape Nordland.


The Island Museum houses a collection of objects found by the artist on the island of Andøy in August 1992. The collection is exhibited in an old garage building at the Polar Museum on Andenes.

Raffael Rheinsberg's art has been described as the "archaeology of everyday life". By showing us the objects we use in our work and leisure, he lifts up a mirror that tells about the way we live.

Availability: Andenes centerIsland Museum is part of the Polar Museum.


It has been said that myths are like invisible threads that weave societies together. At the same time they are also stories which gently help us to understand the reality of the situation we are living in. Killi Olsen's sculpture The Man from the Sea reflects both of these definitions of myth, while also creating a new myth. We find ourselves spinning a story of a man who has left the sea and trodden on firm ground, holding an obelisk-shaped crystal in his hand, as an offering - the artist has suggested - to his former abode.

The site of the sculpture near the fjord focuses on the man's tribute to the sea. The local community with its built-up milieu is seen in the background. The materialised memories of the community are gathered in the local museum which is near the site of the sculpture. Myth and memory, the given and the acquired conditions for living, meet in this site.

Availability: By Vinjesjøen. Follow signs to Bo Village Museum. Approx. 400m walk from the parking.


The shape of Days and Nights comes from houses one often looks at in children's drawings. Days and nights expressed through these two granite houses, one in the dark and the other in light granite, set in a landscape characterized by the fjord and the buildings on the other side of it. The sculpture's house form also refers to thoughts about the inside and outside, interior and exterior, the safe and the threatening, nature and culture. reflect on the significance of the sculpture as well as oneself in the sight of the sculpture.

Availability: The sculpture is located on Børøya, opposite the center of Stokmarknes. Path from parking at bridge.


The Ocean Eye sculpture contains two basic shapes: a boat and a house. Reflecting the basic needs of man, the forms are also familiar symbols the world over. The house rests on the boat. In the centre of the house shape there is a diamond-shaped opening, a window that both opens outwards and frames - thereby drawing in - the beautiful view far away on the other side of the fjord. The highly polished sides of the opening reflect the changing moods of the sea, the sky and the mountains, in a ongoing spectacle of light and movement.

Gudmundsson's art shows how close poetry actually is to everyday things, to what we see and think, and how we understand it. This is the kind of poetry that does not suggest escape, instead it recommends that we try to see things from a different angle and at a new distance.

Availability: The sculpture is readily available at the pier in the center of Sortland.


Inghild Karlsen's two-part sculpture with its shifting meanings can be situated in several fields of reference. Its visual form is taken from everyday life and has its starting-point in the type of street lamp commonly used in the area. This shape borrowed from the everyday has then been translated into the language of stone and sculpture.

The sculptures have been sited in two different places - one is in the community's centre, in a little park where the lamppost casts its shadow onto the surrounding earth. The other is in an area that resembles the end of the world, The former fishing village Nyksund.

Availability: The sculptures are located in two different places, in the center of Myre and Nyksund.

Text reproduced with permission from Sculpture Landscape Nordland, Nordland County Council.

Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen
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Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen
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Kjetil Paulsen
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