Architecture and design studio Snøhetta has installed a path of stones off the coast of Norway that emerges and disappears with the tide to illustrate “the passing of time”.
The project’s “main inspiration is time” and how it can be experienced in nature.
In nature, the tide represents the core concept of time, and the ever-changing rhythm of nature itself” said the studio’s lead landscape architect Thea Kvamme Hartmann.
Traelvikosen Scenic Route was commissioned by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
“Along carefully selected roads in Norway, natural wonders are amplified by art, design, and architecture, with emphasis on the unique landscape and qualities of the different locations,” Kvamme Hartmann explained.
The 55 stepping stones used to create the Traelvikosen Scenic Route were the exact number required to connect the shore to a small islet, allowing visitors to jump to solid ground on both ends.
Each one is fully visible at low tide and completely submerged at high tide beneath the clear water of the Norwegian Sea. The square steps with a width of 500 millimetres are designed to make the pathway as narrow as possible while enabling two people to pass each other.
According to the Snøhetta, while encouraging passersby to slow down, Traelvikosen Scenic Route is also hoped to “ignite new reflections on nature itself and how we take care of it for the future”.
“If we truly want to take better care of our nature, we also need more people to see and learn more about it.”
“To truly experience the details, the time and nature itself, and hence also understand it better, as it offers an opportunity to observe the ever-changing rhythms of our nature,” explained Kvamme Hartmann.
Cape Insights endorses these concepts and lauds Snøhetta’s creativity… which is also visible in CapeTown … Read about its arch for The Arch, Desmond Tutu …
Credit: top photography by Snøhetta/Ivar Kvaal
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