The people behind the idea
The idea of creating The DODECALITH arose in 2006 when the composer Gunner Møller Pedersen saw sculptor Thomas Kadziola’s land art project “Anemarken” (“Ancestors’ field”) at Søllestedgard Estate on the island of Lolland.
The composer suggested that he and the sculptor create a “Stonehenge” of Lolland, consisting of a circle of twelve huge menhirs with heads in the open countryside.
After three years of careful consideration, Thomas accepted the challenge on the condition that Gunner wrote music as part of the work of art.
Gunner is now composing, but before doing so, he wrote words.
On the ninth day of the ninth month of the year 2009, the first legend telling the story of the Lolers and The DODECALITH had been completed.
(See: Project description / About the Lolers)
At the age of seven, Thomas had already decided he would be an artist.
“Born in 1962, self-taught” is how Thomas is described in his biography. But it was the influence of many great artists that led him to his debut as sculptor at Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (Danish Artists’ Autumn Exhibition) in 1989. The sculpture was made of granite which was Thomas’ favourite material, along with iron. In 1991, Thomas was again represented at the Danish Artists’ Autumn Exhibition, this time with a 3 metre high welded iron figure of a naked old man. Ever since, Thomas has alternated between iron and granite, and is well known beyond Denmark’s borders, especially for his huge stone heads full of character and expression.
One of his biggest sculptures is at Aswan in Egypt, while others are to be found in Germany, Poland, Belgium, France and China.
Right from the start of the festival of art “Lys Over Lolland” (“Light Over Lolland”) in 1997, Thomas has been one of the most significant participants, and groups of his stone heads are located at several places around Denmark: in Borup and Vordingborg, “Ancestors’ field” on Søllestedgård Estate, 6 at Dronninglund Centre of Art, 2 and 4 in Nykøbing Falster, and 3 on the harbourside in Nakskov.
Thomas was born in Tårnby, Amager, and moved to Lolland in 1988, first to “Højmøllegård” north of the village of Horslunde, and in 2011 to “Ellemosegaard” in the village of Herritslev. In the field in front of “Ellemosegaard”, Thomas will spend the next 10-12 years carving the next figures of The DODECALITH.
Gunner Møller Pedersen
Gunner Møller Pedersen was born in Århus. As a boy he played the piano, accordion and trumpet. After a year as a military musician, Gunner studied at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium (the Royal Academy of Music in Jutland), and in 1970 moved to Copenhagen with a 3-year scholarship from Statens Kunstfond (The Danish Arts Foundation) to become a freelance composer. He set up his own studio in Copenhagen, Octopus Studio, and composed film and theatre music. In particular, he composed spatial electro acoustic music, for example “MUSIKZAG” which he wrote with the composer Fuzzy in 1972. This took place at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek which later became his permanent base, firstly with “PANOPTICONCERT” in 1974, and for 23 years from 1976 “Elektronmusik I Vinterhaven”, for which he created his major work “ET LYDÅR” (“A SOUND YEAR”) in 1977-1982.
After 12 years in Copenhagen, Gunner moved with his family to the old school in Løjtofte on the island of Lolland, where he has created many memorable and great music events over the past 30+ years. These include “Halmiaden” 1991, “Svanesang” (“Swan Song”)1996, “Havfruer” (“Mermaids”) 1998, the opera “Rottesken” (“The Ratess”) with text by Günter Grass 2000, and the ballet “Taurini” (“Butterflies”) 2001 at “Light Over Lolland”. In 1997 Gunner was awarded a lifelong grant from Statens Kunstfond (The Danish Arts Foundation).
Gunner’s next major work is the music for The DODECALITH.