The island of Sandhornøya, off the western coast of Norway near Bodø, is the intriguing location for a new festival called Salt. At its heart stand these fascinating temporary wooden buildings by Rintala Eggertsson Architects and artist Joar Nango – in which the Arctic Symphonic Orchestra and Sami singer Elle Márjá Eira will perform, and art from Chinese artist Yang Fudong will be displayed.
super/collider meets Helga-Marie Nordby, founder of SALT, a new type of festival that promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience north of the Arctic Circle
Nestled high amid the twisting, endless shorelines of northern Norway, the island of Sandhornøya looks much like the others that dot this remote coast – rugged, mountainous and impossibly beautiful. Looking down from its peaks over the past few weeks, however, you’d see tiny figures moving around on the beach below and strange structures taking shape. Working with acclaimed architects Sami Rintala, Joar Nango and Roger Mullin (CAN), a group of 40 architectural students and artists have begun constructing the infrastructure for SALT – a new type of festival that promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience north of the Arctic Circle.
“We spent two years travelling around in the North of Norway looking for the perfect place,” explains SALT founder Helga-Marie Nordby. “When we reached Sandhornøya we immediately knew we were home: a two kilometre long white beach surrounded by steep mountains and turquoise water. When you step unto the beach something profound happens to you.”