‘the centre of fitjar’ by julien berthier

 

 

french artist julien berthier was invited to exhibit on the island of fitjar in norway – he did this by excavating the centre of the island and transporting it via a helicopter to another islet, where it remains as a permanent installation. berthier executed this project following a staunch methodology, using the technique of balance point he found the centre of the commune of fitjar, after marking this area he hollowed out the mass of earth and air-lifted it to another site. the project aimed to recognize the symbolic core of the village, in the most literal way possible.

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandthe mass of earth resting atop an islet off the norwegian coast

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandthe excavated centre of fitjar

 

 

 julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandGPS coordinates to the find the middle of the island

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandthe location on a map

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandusing the balance point method to establish the location

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandthe marking point

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandremoving the weighted portion of  earth

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar island

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandair-lifting the centre of fitjar

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar island

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar island

 

 

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar islandthe land mass is now a permanent installation