Five hundred yards up from the Norwegian town of Rjukan, high on a mountainside, sit three colossal mirrors. Computers move them throughout the day. An installation dreamed up by local artist Martin Andersen, they don’t just represent something nice to look at. This artwork has a serious purpose that becomes apparent when the winter shadows begin to lengthen.
Rjukan is a small town, in the area of Norway called Telemark, lying west of Oslo. Once an important center of industry, the town’s location was selected to sit close to the Rjukan Falls, which powers a hydroelectric power plant. The landscape around the town is stunning, sitting as it does with a mountain on each side, and you can almost picture the trolls that are told of in tales inspired by this area.