|Library hosts Norwegian Landscapes exhibition|
The Chester Fritz Library invites the Grand Forks community to view Flashback - Norwegian Landscapes in Retrospect on display at the Chester Fritz Library, 3051 University Avenue. Norwegian Landscapes is a photographic exhibition prepared by the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute to show contrasting photographs of Norwegian locations from one hundred years ago and today. The exhibit is made possible through the Norwegian General Consulate Office and will be at the Chester Fritz Library through May 23.
Arne Badalen, director general of the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute writes about the exhibit:
The Norwegian landscape is an important part of the identity shared by all Norwegians. The landscape also reveals traces of former generations. The landscape changes naturally and changing times mark the landscape. Our surroundings reflect the impacts of political priorities and strong economic driving forces. Agriculture plays a key role in the development of landscapes, and it is of great importance to understand the interaction between agricultural policies and landscape changes. One of our tasks at the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute is to provide stakeholders and society with scientifically based, statistical information.
We have also recognized a need for visualization of landscape changes. This photographic exhibition will remind us of the landscapes of the 19th and the 20th centuries. Using a method based on finding old photographs and then comparing these with photos from today, taken from exactly the same spot, we can provide a visual demonstration of change that has taken place. The photographs span 125 years of landscape history. We must acknowledge that landscape changes occur ever faster and are often more extensive than before, making new and bigger challenges for today's politicians. The changes may be considered as positive or negative, depending on the observer's personal point of view.
Our intention with this exhibition is to stimulate debate about landscape changes in Norway. The landscape is an important part of the nation's identity and holds aesthetic, biological and cultural qualities. The landscape is also of value in both traditional and new businesses. By visualizing landscape changes over a period of 125 years, we hope that those who influence landscape development will become more conscious of the consequences of their actions and choices. We hope that you will find our stories about landscape changes in Norway interesting and thought-provoking or just simply enjoy the photographs!
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information about the exhibit or the Chester Fritz Library call the Library administration office, 777-2189.