Modern art installation from huge names such as Anish Kapoor and Anton Gormley contrast with the beautiful, wild landscape.

As if the natural landscape of Norway wasn’t beautiful enough, now they’ve upped the ante by adding a new dimension to the breathtaking scenery: art. Commissioned by Norway’s Ministry of Tourism and the Nordland County Council, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Artscape Nordland is an international project to bring art into nature, featuring 33 works with invited participants from 18 countries that include such illustrious names as Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor.

In typical Scandinavian fashion, the project originated during an intellectual debate over the role of art in society, mostly about its importance. The County of Nordland, with its 240,000 inhabitants, does not have an art museum – and many art-minded people had to travel for hours to be able to appreciate modern art in museums and galleries. While the idea of a collection of modern art in Nordland, one sculpture in every municipality and with the landscape as gallery, was first presented in 1988, it wasn’t until 1992 that project began in earnest.

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