There was no internet where we were staying during the project so here is an update.
I got 10 tons of clay from the pit on the day before we started. It took us some time to work out how to work with the sandy clay. But then it proved to have vey fine properties for this project. It was even possible to make the very long pieces that was what I preferred for the ring around the figures. The team was very good and we managed to have time for a few excursions. We went to the nearby ruin of a monastery, to Skanderborg Museum to see the archaeologist’s finds and to Silkeborg to see works of the world known artist Asger Jorn. We were very warmly received by the locals in Alken, were invited to a big special welcome dinner where the director for Skanderborg Museum talked about the excavations and I talked about the my plan with the project.
On the night of the 5th of September at 9 Pm the sculpture was glowing in front of the lake and I gave it the name: RING OF BONES. Thanks to my dear helpers Ana , Hannan, Neha, Kanami, Barbara, Michael, David and Tommy.
In a week I will meet with the group with which I will make the firing sculpture that I have been preparing for the last 4 months. I decided to use a local clay to strengthen the archeological angle of the project. That has meant a lot of testing. We will build right at the lake, only 100 m from where the archaeologists are still digging. Just yesterday when I passed there, they had made exceptional finds: Two sculls with marks from swords.
I will make a new firingsculpture at Alken Enge, near Skanderborg in Denmark. I am right now looking for assistants. The project will relate to archaeology and and Army and past war rituals in the iron age.
The Alken Enge’ (English: Alken Meadows) wetlands near Lake Mossø at Skanderborg in East Jutland,Denmark is the site of a recent massive archaeological excavation. The skeletal remains of hundreds of Iron Agewarriors, have recently been found in what was likely a lake bed when the remains were placed there about 2000 years ago. Excavation Project Manager Mads Kähler Holst, professor of archaeology at Aarhus University, has been quoted as saying of finding the remains of a violent conflict at the 40 hectare site: “It’s clear that this must have been a quite far-reaching and dramatic event, that must have had profound effect on the society of the time. The dig has produced a large quantity of skeletal remains, and we believe that they will give us the answers to some of our questions about what kind of events led up to the army ending up here.”
The wet meadows of Alken Enge, forms the lower part of the short river valley of Illerup Ådal.