Friday, April 26, 2013

Steilneset Memorial by Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois

Architect Peter Zumthor designed this memorial on an island in Norway to commemorate
suspected witches who were burned at the stake there in the seventeenth century (photographs by Andrew Meredith).

The Steilneset Memorial in Vardø comprises two structures, one conceived entirely by Zumthor and a second housing an installation by the late Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010).

The first structure comprises a pine scaffolding framework, inside which is a suspended fabric cocoon containing a long oak-floored corridor.

Inside this corridor, light bulbs hang behind 91 windows to represent each of the men and women that were put to death during the witch trials.

A plaque accompanies each lamp to record the individual stories of every victim.

The installation by Bourgeois, entitled The Damned, The Possessed and The Beloved, occupies the smoked-glass-clad second structure.

A circle of mirrors within surround and reflect a flaming steel chair inside a hollow concrete cone.

This year Zumthor also completed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London and designed a holiday home for Devon, England, that will complete next year.

Photography is provided c/o Icon Magazine.

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