julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar island
julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar island julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar island
nov 11, 2012

julien berthier excavates the centre of fitjar island

‘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.



the mass of earth resting atop an islet off the norwegian coast



the excavated centre of fitjar



 GPS coordinates to the find the middle of the island



the location on a map



using the balance point method to establish the location



the marking point



removing the weighted portion of  earth





air-lifting the centre of fitjar







the land mass is now a permanent installation

  • money and intellectual BS

    Paedra says:
  • Artless, pointless, contrived, cynical. Now remove & put back where found.

    mArkW says:
  • I must agree. Who supports these ego trips?

    Ron Smith says:

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