Gilded Globe – Larvik, Norway

We supplied all the gold leaf used to gild this impressive multi-faceted globe which is now suspended in the Thor Heyerdahl Institute in Larvik, Norway. Thor Heyerdahl is a famous explorer and writer who led the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, a journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian Islands. The Institute was set up to reflect his visions.

The Globe is described as a spherical LED “globe” and visualisation platform for live global information connected to climate change and migration.

Each sphere is gilded with a variety of colours of gold leaf including 23.5 ct., 22 ct. Moon Gold, 23 ct. Red Gold, 23 ct. Russian Gold, 20 ct. Citron Gold, 16 ct. and 12 ct. White Gold. The combination of colours adds to the effect of glistening light and shade and the effect is something to behold.

The project was the brainchild of Lise Autogena and Josh Portway from autogena projects, both renowned artists based in the UK. 

Gareth Evans, owner of Watergilders and an experienced gilder, went out to Norway with Autogena Projects to lend a hand and consult with the gilding side of the project.

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