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Mirrors beam sunlight into Norwegian village

Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM   |   Comments

RJUKAN, Norway, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Residents of a Norwegian town have planted mirrors on a mountainside to bring the first winter sunlight in the town's 100-year history.

Martin Andersen, a Rjukan artist who campaigned to bring sunlight to his town, said the giant mirrors placed on the mountainside are designed to reflect sunlight into the center square of the town, situated in a deep valley and hidden from the sun for six months out of every year, The Local.no reported Wednesday.

"The idea was just to make a place in Rjukan where people will come to have a bit of sun. It's for the pale little children of Rjukan," Andersen said.

"It will be strongest in the middle, and will get weaker and weaker out to the edges," Andersen said. "You will have the sensation of sun when you are in the middle. You will feel the heat and you will see shadows."

Funding for the project came from Norsk Hydro, the power company that founded the town in 1905, public art body Koro and the municipality itself.

"The attention just before its opening is enormous. It spreads everywhere and it's making people happy," Andersen said.

The mirrors will make their debut with an Oct. 31 opening ceremony, officials said.

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