This artwork is a collaboration between visual artists Laila Kongevold and Stefan Christiansen and Handegård Arkitektur as/ Espen Handegård.
The project is a tribute to "The coward Commander", Nils Christian Fredrik Hals (1758 - 1838) who capitulated and raised the white flag during the Swedes' attack in 1814. He lost his glory, but saved many lives and made sure that the old town and the fortress Kongsten were saved. The artwork conceals some secrets you can be a part of if you qualify for the Kongsten Bath own swimming medal.
We havereceived inspiration from the different patterns and formation of bubbles in waves and water currents,as well as the voluminous dynamics of bird flocks and shoal of fish. The working title 'Minimal Resistance' came early in the process. The competition aspect, which often takes place in the swimming pool, was alsoatheme. We studied how hydrodynamic swimsuit was designed according tothe model of sharkskin and we used this asinspirationforthe construction of the steel element holders.
Thematic we have also been interested in how the sun glitter inmoving water, mirroring in silent water and the line that marks the difference between 'under and over the water'. Changes in lighting conditions throughout the day and the seasons also became an important element in the artwork.