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Video: Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois Steilneset Witch Trial Memorial

Video: Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois Steilneset Witch Trial Memorial

Shown under construction last month, the project is a memorial for the 91 victims of the 17th-century witch trials in Vardo, Norway. Illuminated windows, 91 in total dedicated to each victim, are incorporated within Zumthor’s information centre design which measures over 400′ long with a connective thread of tautly stretched silk sheets.

Peter Zumthor in an interview with ArtInfo described his unique collaboration with artist Louise Bourgeois remarking, “I had my idea, I sent it to her, she liked it, and she came up with her idea, reacted to my idea, then I offered to abandon my idea and to do only hers, and she said, ‘No, please stay.’ So, the result is really about two things — there is a line, which is mine, and a dot, which is hers… Louise’s installation is more about the burning and the aggression, and my installation is more about the life and the emotions .”

Video: Architectural Record and McGraw-Hill Construction

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Cite: Kelly Minner. "Video: Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois Steilneset Witch Trial Memorial" 02 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/140540/video-peter-zumthor-and-louise-bourgeois-steilneset-witch-trial-memorial/> ISSN 0719-8884
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