Four works created specifically for the public space in Skjoldelev, Denmark.
Each of the works relate to and tell stories about the village and its inhabitants.
The works are based on the many individual stories about the village that people told me on a walk through the village as well as at the dinner at the village hall in the beginning of August 2009. The works interweave themselves in the existing history and architecture of the village and become new stories that may be told by the inhabitants of the village in the future.
The Fence (above)
The existing fence between the car park and the space in front of the village hall in Skjoldelev has been rebuilt in order to create a social environment, which both visually and physically opens up the village square and thereby creates an outdoor meeting place for the inhabitants and visitors to the village.
The Garden Gate
The now deceased blacksmith of Skjoldelev created this garden gate leading to a private family house. The text on the gate describes how the village pond used to be situated here. In this way the gate, which divides the private and the public space, refers to a person that used to live in the village as well as to a place that existed in the village, once upon a time. The gate has been renovated and painted with metallic silver paint, which makes it reflect the rays of the sun in a way that resembles light shimmering on the surface of the water in a village pond.
Skjoldelev village is surrounded by fields, a small valley with a stream and a forest. The landscape is used by the inhabitants in various ways. They admire and enjoy it, they keep horses, they watch the changing seasons and they farm the land. The walls of the inside of the village hall are decorated with images that depict important events in the history of the village. On the end wall hangs a landscape photograph that reminds the inhabitant of the reasons why they live in Skjoldelev.
‘Visibilty/Invisibilty’. The intention of this piece is that through the documentation of the traditions surrounding the celebration of Fastelavn in the town of Skjodelev, to shed light on the shared sense of community in this town and how the village hall plays a central role in maintaining this sense of community and tradition. The photograph is best seen in the evening when there is life in the village hall and it is lit from within. Or in the daytime where the best vantage point is from inside the hall as the sunlight shines through the window. At other times one can barely make out the work and this gives it a sense of transparency – a visibility/invisibility much in the same way as stories exist most clearly only in the moment of their telling