The sculpture «Path of Silence» consists of light Oppdal quartzite and Offerdal quartzite, highest grade mirror stainless steel, aluminium and stainless steel substructure, boulders from the forest of Kistefos, Siberian maple tree and Norwegian moss and flora. The two types of quartzite have different shades of gray and creates a beautiful pattern together with the intricate and carefully planned triangle formats of the natural stone. The stone is fitted into steel molds which stands on steel legs (substructure). The sculpture is created by artist Jeppe Hein in 2016, and is part of Kistefos’ 17th exhibition.
Jeppe Hein was born in Denmark and lives and works in Berlin. He is represented by a number of central public and private collections, including museums such as the Tate Gallery in London,UK, MNAM-Centre Pompidou in Paris, France and MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, USA. Jeppe Hein’s art puts people right in the center. His artistic expression is in the intersection of conceptual art, architecture and technology.
While the project was still in the melting pot, Hein conducted a pilgrimage on the St. Olav routes between Oslo and Trondheim. The meeting with nature and the serenity of the journey represents a turning point in Hein’s work of art. Silence has been an important part of Hein’s art for a long time, however, the importance and understanding of silence was renewed and became stronger during this journey. The sculpture’s shape is based on the movement of water and creates a variety of rooms with different dimensions of silence. Where a traditional labyrinth disillusiones and weakens the sense of direction and location, this labyrinths open form awakens the senses, increasing its presence and makes us aware of our surroundings. Where are we and where are we headed? These are questions that interest the artist.
During the summer 2014, Jeppe is in Norway to plan the sculpture. William Flatmo, the director of Christen Sveaas Art Collection says this about the encounter:
“With a labyrinth done in a minimalist visual expression, Jeppe wants to place the average Norwegian in front of a mirror in his own nature and say: SEE! KNOW! PLAY! And HEAR! The sculpture must reflect Norwegian hills and mountains and the waterfall, the water and energy of Kistefos. Jeppe is determined that the sculpture must be filled with Norwegian nature. Along with spring water inside the sculpture, Norwegian quartzite and Norwegian flora, Jeppe recembeles a spiritual national romantic with the sculpture park as his canvas.”