3D Dímun (2009), Ole Wich
370 x 310 x 400 cm

Experience a Faroese island from the inside

Enter the island of Lítla Dímun via the openings and experience the island from within. Above and below sea level.

The sculpture depicts the shape of the smallest island located in the southern part of the Faroe Islands –Lítla Dímun. The island has very steep cliffs and the island’s special shape is rendered according to topographic maps and longditude and latitude coordinates. Marked with white rubber bands we can follow the mathematical readings of the island’s shape converted into a geometric sculpture made of thin iron bars. Thicker iron bars form the base depicting the island below sealevel. Like billowing sinus curves the bars almost resemble ocean waves.

The artists recreation of a scaled-down island allows us to step into what is, in fact, an inaccessible rock. Seen from the inside and below we are inside Lítla Dímun. In Faroese when explaning that one is situated on the island of Dímun, one would say that we are in Dímun. This is given a new perspective in this artwork.

The Faroese islands and rock formations have very distinctive shapes and characteristics that make them recognizable and easy to tell apart. Many rock prostrusions resemble human forms or animals and have been named after this. In Faroese folktales it is also common feature to describe cliffs and rocks as living natural beings with special powers. Turned into a painting or photo, many will recognize Lítla Dímun because of the island’s massive shape. But do we also recognize Lítla Dímun when we experience it from the inside and translated into a topographical form?

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