Norway wasn't always known for its peace politics. In the 16th and 17th centuries, 135 "witches" were indicted and 91 were burned (many of them indigenous Sami) in Vardø, the easternmost town of Norway. Today the victims are being memorialized as part of an ongoing $400 million architecture and design development project along Norway's 18 designated National Tourist Routes, which include roadside lookouts and new design hotels. This particular monument—designed by artist Louise Bourgeois and Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architect Peter Zumthor—is a chair enveloped in flames and enclosed in a 125-meter-long building, with a window built for each victim of the witch hunt.
Steilneset Memorial – Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois By Karissa Rosenfield Photographed by Andrew Meredith © Andrew Meredith In memory of those persecuted in the seventeenth-century Finnmark Witchcraft Trials, the Steilneset Memorial rests along the jagged coastline of the Barents Sea in Vardø, Norway. Photographer Andrew Meredith has shared with us his photo series documenting this masterpiece created by a […]