The Fur Diatoms

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The Fur Diatoms

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Three sculptural objects in Corten steel are carefully located at the edge of a chalk ditch, emphasising the special landscape character and the distinct geological history of the site.

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Architecture illustration.

A deep history

The island of Fur has a unique geology, rendering a very deep history. The Fur Diatoms are inspired by the shape of the unicellular algae, which over millions of years has transformed into white chalk. The mining has stopped, and The Fur Diatoms have been installed to commemorate the unique geology and recognise the history of the former industrial activity. From one of the small platforms, it is possible to lean out into the ditch and view the excavated landscape from a safe position.

Robust site marker and platform 

The Fur Diatom project is part of philanthropic association Realdania’s campaign ‘Places in the Landscape’, commemorating ten unique sites in the Danish landscape. The three small sculptural objects are markers in the landscape, celebrating Fur’s unique geology and exceptional scenery. Robust and characterful small monuments engraved on the landscape. The Corten steel representations of different kinds of unicellular algae function like sculptural furniture providing an overview of the dramatic landscape. A landscape bearing witness to deep history as well as recent industrial activity. The three small site markers are placed between the edge of the cliff and the verge of the open mining ditch. On one side, the layers of sediments tell the story of geological time, and on the other, they render the human-made landscape.

Key facts

  • Location

    Knudeklinten (Knud Cliff) at the island of Fur

  • GPS points

    N56° 50’ 12.59’’ E8° 57’ 36.18’’

  • Protection Framework

    Danish legislation

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  • Designer

    Reiulf Ramstad Architects in collaboration with LETH & GORI Architects

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  • Materials

    Corten steel and glass

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