Solkatts and Sundogs

The Sunmirror


Andy Allen-Olivar

The town of Rjukan, Norway, does not get any direct sunlight between the months September to March because the low sun is blocked by the tall Gaustatoppen mountain located directly to the south. In 2013, at a cost of 5 million kr, an art project called ‘the Sunmirror in Rjukan’ was made. Three large mirrors were built on the northern mountainside above the town to reflect the Sun’s rays down into the town during these dark months. The mirrors illuminate a small portion of the town square each day. (When the Sun is out)