Walking towards the light of the horizon

Public art in true Bohus granite becomes ever more beautiful with the passing years. A clearer legacy for future generations is hard to imagine. Ann Carlsson Korneev is an established sculptress who, for 25 years, has been creating public works of art in stone.

Born in Kiruna in 1961, Ann Carlsson Korneev now lives and works in Fjällbacka in the Bohuslän region of Sweden. Her academic background includes architecture and sculpture at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. She works principally in stone. In her 25 years as an artist, Ann Carlsson Korneev has created a large number of sculptures and ornaments, primarily for public spaces. One of these artworks is “Walking towards the light of the horizon”.

“Walking towards the light of the horizon” can be found in the Ytre Hvaler national park on Norway’s southern coast. The Hvaler islands are part of the national park that also includes the Koster islands. From just outside Fredrikstad in Norway, bridges and tunnels take people to the Hvaler islands. “Walking towards the light of the horizon” stands at Rødshue on the island of Kirkøy.

Made from Bohus granite, “Walking towards the light of the horizon” is an oval, eye-like sculpture that was created in 2008. Two semicircular levels around the sculpture together give the setting the air of being an amphitheatre. A further interpretation is that the sculpture is the public seating looking onto a stage, in this case, the sea, the endless horizon and the light that the “eye” lets through. The sculpture measures 320 x 270 x 100 cm and weighs around 3 tonnes.

“From the site where the sculpture stands, you can see the horizon through more than 180 degrees. It is an imposing place. I have tried to frame a little part of the horizon in this artwork,” Ann Carlsson Korneev, artist.

At Rødshue, the horizon is visible through more than 180 degrees and “Walking towards the light of the horizon” is designed to allow the visitor to recline or sit in the sculpture while looking out over this horizon.

Ann Carlsson Korneev is one of five sculptors who have had work erected at Rødshue. She had been invited to take part in submissions for works of art to grace the Ytre Hvaler national park in Norway. Her entry, “Walking toward the light of the horizon”, was accepted and was completed in 2008.