the building I documented the work on the Kivik Tower, a “Ladonian
Embassy” that stood only for a short time. It perished in a fierce
storm only days after the pics where taken. The beatiful southswedish
summerweather in the pictures changed quickly for the worse the day
after the Tower was completed. During the towers short span of life Ladonia
had an embassy in Kivik, on the eastcoast of the Skåne shoreline.
building of the tower was fairly quick and easy with the fierce
experience of Ladonian Secretary of State Mr Lars Vilks. It was erected
during a very special event called "Exit 99". It was
constructed at the beach in southeast Skåne, close to Kivik and if you
study the pictures closely you can clearly see what an interest the
building site draw among the sunbasking crowd at the beach.
Tower was actually supposed to be set on fire, on the last night of the
EXIT-project. It was supposed to make a nice performance burning up. But
the nice dry building weather made it in the end impossible. The
firedepartment said flat no. A spark was enough to set the whole area on
fire. You can see all the dry grass surrounding the beach and the tower…
So we expected it to last for a few months on it’s temporary
permission. Perhaps longer, since we didn’t figure anyone would be
likely to take it down due to the work involved.
the dryseason ended the night after the fire permission was suspended...
Tower was (of course) of a very stabile construction, but placed on sand
it couldn’t withstand the stormsurges that undermined it enough to
shift it's balance. So it fell right out in the raging waters and
plunged to its death. In fact the Tower was still in great part whole
after the plunge out into the deep gray stormy waters. But it was of
course impossible to rescue it and reerect it. The Ladonian shoreline
with its big stones and boulders seems to be better for anchoring towers
in that sence.
three days, august 5-7, the forth edition of the Exit-festival EXIT 99
was progressing. The festival was situated on a well-known old
marketplace just north by Kivik in Skåne, (south of Sweden). The
arrangers described it as “a complex international sceneartproject
inspired by the theme Transithall/ Runway.” The whole festival was
centered on interactivity and storytelling. Several of the most
interesting contemporary international artist in many fields where there
to perform. The artists included, web, art, theater, circus, vaudeville,
music, video, picture, sounds, landart, storytelling, games and more.