National Library of Norway, Mo i Rana

Between 2012 and 2016, an illuminated “sun” travelled around the northern latitudes on a trailer. Now this sun has found a permanent home. Mounted on the façade of the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana, it literally sheds light on the institution that manages Norway’s literary cultural heritage.


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  • Traveling SUN, Christine Istad, Lisa Pacini, Photographer: IstadPacini ArtLab
  • Traveling SUN, Christine Istad, Lisa Pacini, Photographer: IstadPacini ArtLab
  • Traveling SUN, Christine Istad, Lisa Pacini, Photographer: IstadPacini ArtLab
  • Traveling SUN, Christine Istad, Lisa Pacini, Photographer: IstadPacini ArtLab
  • Traveling SUN, Christine Istad, Lisa Pacini, Photographer: IstadPacini ArtLab
  • Traveling SUN, Christine Istad, Lisa Pacini, Photographer: IstadPacini ArtLab
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About the project

About the project

The artists behind Traveling SUN describe the work as both a road trip and an art project. The sun is a circular light sculpture, which is three metres in diameter and emits a range of pulsating warm colours, and is the work of artists’ group IstadPacini Artlabs. The light sculpture travelled nearly 13,000 kilometres before coming to rest in Mo i Rana. The light sculpture has shone through rain, snow and darkness from buildings including TKF – Tromsø Kunstforening, HOK – Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden outside Oslo, and the Nordic House in Reykjavík.

Now it has reached the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana, where it will remain.

The National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana is the physical repository of the nation’s collective memory. The institution manages Norway’s largest collection of written knowledge; its significance reaches far beyond the town limits or national borders. A glowing sun on the façade of the new automated storage facility thus serves also as an image of human enlightenment, and of the role written language has played in the development of public information, education and a civilized, democratic society.

The artists’ group IstadPacini Artlab was founded by Lisa Pacini and Christine Istad. The express goal of their mobile project Traveling SUN was to bring light to the dark winter months in the North Calotte region. The sculpture’s final resting place is thus not without symbolic value in this context: Mo i Rana, a town close to the Arctic Circle, lies at the edge of the zone of winter darkness.

The sculpture was purchased in connection with the library’s expansion project, which involved the construction of a new digitization unit and an automated storage facility.

In 2012, Vegar Moen created a site-specific art project for the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana. Click here to read more about his Arkivkikkert (literally, “Archive telescope”).

Facts

Facts

Address

Finsetveien 2
8624 Mo i Rana

Scheduled completion

03.04.2013

Project manager

Stine Arnet Høyem, KORO

Art consultant/Art Committee

Ståle Stenslie

Architect

Erik Toft, Toft Arkitekter, digitization unit
Gunnar Næss, LINK Arkitekter AS, automated storage facility

Building owner/developer

Vibeke Norum, Statsbygg

Duration

Permanent

Accessibility

Accessible for the centre's employees

Program

Art scheme for new government-owned buildings

Kunstverk

Kunstverk

Milestones

Milestones

  • 09.06.2011
    Oppdragsbrev, digitaliseringsbygg

  • 16.08.2011
    Kunstkonsulent valgt, digitaliseringsbygg

  • 17.08.2012
    Oppdragsbrev, automatlager

  • 21.08.2012
    Kunstkonsulent valgt, automatlager

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