The size of the stones for DODEKALITTEN is the first challenge, since perfect granite blocks of up to 8 meters in size are very rare.
In the Danish countryside, such huge stones are no longer accessible. Therefore they have to be found in Norwegian and Swedish quarries in areas from which the original migrating blocks came to Lolland during the Ice Age.
We acquired the first stone block in September 2010. It was black diabase and was big enough for two stone figures if it could be split down its length. Fortunately, Thomas and Jesper succeeded in doing this after a week’s hard work at the quarry in Älmhult. The two blocks were moved to Lolland and the first one was lifted onto its working foundation at Thomas’ place by Nakskov Specialtransport.
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The first hit of the chisel was celebrated in November 2010.
The overall shape of the sculptures will follow the plan to erect 12 stone figures with heads.
Even the sculptor himself does not know exactly how each figure will look, or which personality each one will have. He will find these things within each stone.
The personality he found in the first stone, the black diabase, was “Baldur”. “Baldur” was presented to the public in Reventlow Park during “Lys over Lolland” in August 2012, prior to the final location at “Ellevehøj” near Kragenæs.
“Ellevehøj”, the chosen location for DODEKALITTEN, was purchased in 2013, following the outcome of the heritage hearing brought because of the location being in a protected area, Ravnsby Bakker. The outcome was a positive result, both for the project and for Lolland.
Since Spring 2013, Thomas has been working to find the next person in the second stone. At his new site in Herritslev, Thomas can be watched carving and creating the great figures over the coming years. It is still all done by hand, with one hit of the chisel at a time.
And the music? We do not know yet how the stones will sound, but we do know that the Lolers sang. The Lolers’ stones were carved to house their ancestors so they could continue to cast their shadows and carry on singing, humming and murmuring, sounds that were luring, scary and often wonderfully beautiful. This is how the music will be.