Winner of the North Norwegian Architecture Award 1993: Architect: Viggo Ditlevsen

Sorreisa Church,North Norway

The original church in Sørreisa was built on this site in 1844. The church building was octagonal and it was designed by the architect Christian H. Grosch.

That church building burned down in 1987 and a new church was built on the same site in 1992.

The new church is a square-shaped church that is larger than the old church. The interior of the new church has an octagonal-shaped sanctuary in the center of the square building that corresponds to the outline of the old church.

The artist visited the building prior to designing the artwork. The original building had been octagonal as a reference to the 8 biblical people who followed God's promise and survived destruction.

The artist used the biblical record of God's first promise as inspiration for the work: "“This is the sign of the covenant I am making between Me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13... I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth" Genesis 9:12,13.


side view,RAM Gallery,Oslo

"Hope"  (the rainbow)

The work had it's first public showing in RAM Gallery in Oslo,prior to the final structure being transported to Sorreisa and installed.

At RAM Gallery the format was smaller, being

10 metres long

4.4 metres high

92 cms wide.


alternate view,RAM Gallery,Oslo

The 'fluorescent' effect of the hand-dyed yarns threw the colour-glow onto the back wall when the work was illuminated from the front side only.

The same 'glowing effect' was also clearly visible in the darker environment of Durham Cathedral


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