Room for Reflection – Høgkleiva 

The art project: Hovudet, Klokkeporten & Falkesteinen 

This is a story told in three sculptures – an artwork inspired by local legends, using enigmatic symbolism to reflect various aspects of the pilgrims’ journey. “Hovudet” represents the old place of execution close by; “Klokkeporten” is inspired by the legend of the sister bells; “Falkesteinen” is an expression of the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus). 

About the artwork 

This three-part art installation in stone and bronze is situated by the pilgrims’ path across Høgkleiva. Experienced as a whole, the sculptures can be interpreted as a story about spiritual transformation or a rite of passage – with associations to past pilgrimages and the remains of the ancient hillfort just above.

Ånond Versto
Ånond Versto

Hovudet

“Hovudet” – the head with an androgynous face devoid of any expression – is found by the trail junction and signifies separation: from the body, from the self, and from the sense of direction. 

Klokkeporten

Further along the path is “Klokkeporten” – a stone portal reminiscent of a Romanesque arch symbolising the transition from one world to another. Its two church bells allude to the local legend about the sister bells brought to life in Lars Mytting’s novel “The Bell in the Lake”.

Ånond Versto
Ånond Versto

Falkesteinen

The final sculpture, “Falkesteinen”, is an expression of the peregrine falcon. Found outermost on a vantage point with spectacular views of the valley, it represents transformation or liberation from a former past life. Lie down on the spread wings, and feel the connection with the earth below and heavens above. 

About the artist 

Ånond Versto (born 1984) lives and works in Flatdal, Telemark. Vesto works with objects, sculptures, and drawings inspired by a mythical and technical style and meticulous, intricate craftsmanship.  

 His work has been showcased at solo exhibitions at Akershus Kunstsenter (2012) and Kunsthall Grenland (2017), at the Greenlightdistrict Biennale (2019), and at the group exhibition Rotvelte at Harpefoss Hotell (2019).

Ånond Versto
Ånond Versto

Room for Reflection – the project

Room for Reflection is a project through which natural stops are created along the pilgrims’ path using art and/or architectural installations.  

Each lends itself to reflection and contemplation – a space where you can allow your thoughts to flow, enjoy the views, exchange ideas with other travellers, and recharge.  

Furthermore, the project aims to raise awareness of and emphasise the inherent quality and identity of the area and the paths abandoned in favour of modern-day infrastructure, and thus help revive key elements of our cultural heritage.

The artwork can be interpreted as a story about spiritual transformation or a rite of passage – with associations to past pilgrimages and the remains of the ancient hillfort just above.

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