Granåsen Ski Centre,
in collaboration with Zayne Armstrong
We are interested in a public sculpture in the tradition of monuments, as something that points to a history that should not be forgotten, as a gesture to a future where things are different. In the spirit of Stonehenge as a site of communion with the heavens and the earth, we borrow this version of thinking about the monument: to erect a gateway that invites us to connect our memories to the present, and to bring these memories with us into the future. We want our sculpture to be a homage to the resources that have been sacrificed for the sake of the community, while also not overlooking the inestimable value of technology as a contemporary form of togetherness.
The jury’s statement: The sculpture's large dimensions make it an eye-catcher for visitors on their way into the park via central entrance routes, inviting them to stay and wonder in the green areas, adding identity to the place as a meeting place. The proposal manages to illuminate the relationship between humans and technology and nature through elements of nostalgia, irony and surprise. This adds a seriousness and playfulness to a facility consisting of tight infrastructure in the face of forest and field.