Arctic Henge

The Arctic henge (Heimskautsgerði) has been in the making for over 20 years, and its origin actually dates back even further.

If you ask the artist to explain how this edifice works and what it means, though only in the broadest of strokes, it will look something like this:

Below the surface is a lot of ideas that need to be completed and made clearer; among them what kind of business this is going to be, what kind of production might be generated, what kind of services and accommodation will bee needed in or around the place, hotel, shop/kiosk and/or a rest-stop, footpaths; how we want the environment around the henge to look, and a lot of other things.

The products mentioned above, for example, souvenirs that might come along when this idea starts to mature, does offer many possibilities and needs to be thought out very clearly beforehand. The same kind of thinking is needed when it comes to marketing the henge, which in itself will be a lot of work and needs to be very concentrated and utilize films, booklets, the internet, and other available methods.

To catch the sunlight

In the picture, our view is through the Heimskautsgerđi from the south to the north. The gates are around six to seven meters high and the “gerđi” is 54 meters across. The outer wall is 2 meters high and on top of that is an upper part with sun-ports all around the circle. Those ports are 68 in number and then we have the four gates and in those openings, the seasons are marked according to sunrise and sunset.

Picture borrowed from Regina Hronn

The total height of the circle is around 3 meters, the top part of which will seem to float on top of the lower wall when the sun shines through the ports. This will be quite a sight to see if and when the sun is willing to take part in the show.