STEILNESET MEMORIAL, NORWAY

April 27, 2012

A collaboration between my favorite Architect and one of my favorite Artists! This incredible (and chilling) structure was designed and built in remembrance of 77 women and 14 men who were found guilty of sorcery and put to death during 17th Century witch-hunts in Norway. Zumthor has, with his usual mastery, captured both place, history and narrative with complete honesty and elegance, and Bourgeois’ sculpture of a constantly burning chair named ‘The Damned, The Possessed & The Beloved’ brings me to my knees! Just have to find time for a visit!

Author: Nick tobias