Uddenskulptur is a series of international sculpture exhibitions featuring world-class stone sculpture in a maritime setting that is a masterpiece in its own right. Udden is a unique location with greatness of form and expression, “Uddenskulptur” is the new cultural destination in Bohuslän with international appeal.
The vision of a house of stone
The coastal communities in Sotenäs have a 100 year-old tradition of making use of the granite for the extensive stone industry that emerged in the mid 1800’s. One of these quarries was located on Udden in Hunnebostrand. It is in these traditional and beautiful surroundings that we are now bringing together stone sculptures from a long line of Swedish and international artists, with the region of Västra Götaland and the municipality of Sotenäs as partners and sponsors. The overall vision for Udden is for recurrent exhibitions and cultural events, a House of the Stone in Bohuslän. Our goal is to develop Uddenskulptur into a living Stone Art Centre in Bohuslän.
In the House of the Stone all forms of processed stone will be encountered, from the formations of the Ice Age and ancient rock carvings and graves to the quarry work and craftsmanship of recent centuries topped off with the contemporary stone art of today. A House of the Stone will become an important place to visit in the West of Sweden and Sotenäs will get an attraction that will extend the season. Through a Stone Art Centre the municipality will have an important building block for creating sustainable growth in the tourism and hospitality industry. With only 20 minutes to the E6, 120 km from Gothenburg and 200 km from Oslo, Hunnebostrand is readily accessible and in a great location.
A House of Stone will highlight issues such as:
- What is granite and why does Bohuslän look like it does?
- Which forces of nature turned this landscape into one gigantic stone sculpture with smooth rock formations and enormous, mystical hollows?
- How did it come about that there are old quarries and abandoned workplaces everywhere?
- Where did the stonemasons who did this work come from?
- And how did they actually work in this barren landscape?
- Where did the stone blocks and building stone go? Is there really granite from Bohuslän on the quayside in Buenos Aires?
These questions and more besides will be answered in a House of Stone, a unique place to obtain knowledge about granite and stone processing.