SALT is a nomadic initiative celebrating the environment, art and culture of the Arctic region. SALT’s mission is environmental. For thousands of years, people in the Artic have followed the rhythm of animals’ movement and seasonal migration. The footprints they have left behind are minimal. SALT illustrates and celebrates the care and respect of this movement through the Arctic landscape including the ocean.The triangular-shaped fish-drying racks that for centuries have been a hallmark of the northern coast are a monument to this culture. Dried cod was, and is, a very sought after commodity whose trade brought great wealth and connected the north of Norway to the world.The sea has provided the resources that Norway was built on, and from which future generations can live on. SALT aims to raise awareness of the ocean’s wealth and at the same time of the challenges it faces from climate change and pollution.

Traditional cod drying racks of Northern Norway, the symbol of SALT.

The Project.

SALT was first constructed as an art- and cultural project at Langsanden in the municipality of Gildeskål in 2014. The second destination of the SALT project is the Bjørvika (Oslo) at the water’s edge in the corner of Langkaia and Grev Wedels Plass where four of the triangular-shaped fish-drying racks are being erected and will be used for diverse public activities, among them a  large sauna, an interior with a large open fire, a bar, etc. The Scarcity and Creativity project is to design and build the public spaces between and around the triangular-shaped fish-drying racks.

Location of SALT in Oslo.
SALT at Langsanden in the municipality of Gildeskål in 2014.