Janne Robberstad

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Art-in-Natur: Kjopholmen

By spotogspindel | February 11, 2012

Bømlo art group is celebrating it´s 30th anniversary this year. Double the amount of exhibitions, workshops, and a big Art-In-nature project. This is SO cool to be a part of!

If you can read in Norwegian, click on the pictures, and read for yourself. For the rest of you, I´ll give a short introduction.

There is an old story that Peter the great, the tzar of Russia, in the beginning of the 18th century wanted a marine base on the west-coast of Norway, to make things easier for himself conquering and shipping. His admiral was from Stavanger, Cornelius Crøys, and on the tzar´s behalf he wanted to buy a little island in the northern part of Bømlo. The island isn´t big, but the sea is quite deep right up unto the shore, and the sea is relatively calm around there. So he offered to buy the island, but the owner didn´t want to sell. He offered again to buy the island, telling the owner he would get so much money, he could cover the entire island in silver coins. However the owner refused to sell. Finally Cornelius said, he´d give the owner so much money, he would be able to cover the entire island in standing silver coins. The owner still refused, and the tzar never got his Norwegian marine-base.

This island, called Kjøpholmen (“the buying-island”) from the incident, is now owned by Lisbeth (on top in the first picture). She is not as difficult as the old fisherman, and has agreed that we can finally cover the island in coins! So now we´ve started a collection of copper-coins, that later this spring will be semented down along the shores of the little island. In short, we are turning history into an attraction! 😀

How cool is that?!! Art trumps military!!!

I will of course keep you posted during the spring on the process of Kjøpholmen!


Topics: Diverse | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Art-in-Natur: Kjopholmen”

  1. gail Says:
    February 12th, 2012 at 02:50

    What a fun way to teach history! (If I had an island, I wouldn’t sell it for all those coins, either! 🙂 )

  2. Jan LaFollette Says:
    February 12th, 2012 at 05:45

    My mother was born on a small Norwegain island called Hitra…I’ve seen photos of Hitra and it’s covered with rocks, not coins, but is beautiful. Many of our relatives still live there. My mother came to the US when she was five years old in 1909 and settled in South Dakota, later, in Oregon. I enjoyed reading your story. Thanks to the internet and Facebook I am learning more about the history of Hitra and Norway and my relatives.