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Dodecalith

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

ON A HILL, OVERLOOKING THE PORT VILLAGE KRAGENÆS, YOU WILL FIND A MYSTICAL SITE WITH HUGE GRANITE FACES CARVED OUT OF SOLID ROCK.


The Dodecalith
The Dodecalith

Melding the ideas of contemporary installation art with those of ancient standing stones, this modern henge “The Dodecalith” (Greek: The Twelve Stone) is a art project consisting of twelve menhirs, were the stone-tops are carved into staring human faces.

Each of the granite weighing between 25 and 45 tons. Each menhir, is 7-9 m high, of which each uppermost 2 m are sculptured as heads, all facing inwards towards the center of the 40 m in diameter circle.

Each of the granite weighing between 25 and 45 tons.
Each of the granite weighing between 25 and 45 tons.

Between the figures are natural “sitting” stones with and underground sound system from which spatial electro accustic music, made specifically for the Dodecalith sounds every day of the year during daytime hours.


The site is full of atmosphere and it is quite relaxing just to sit and listen to the music while being part of the whole piece of art. Each figure has it’s own personality, some calm others angry.


The mystical vibe is compounded by a lonely setting with sweeping views across fields of waving wheat towards a mid-distance seascape.


A view over the Seascape
A view over the Seascape

The Dodecalith is sited in “The Lolland Alps” on hills overlooking the Archipelago, the passage grave “Glentehøj” and three other burial mounds from the Bronze Age, and entering the site is a experience in it self, as you first enter an wooden area, and then comes out to an more openarea, from where you in the distance can see the this modern “Stonehenge”.

In the distance can see the this modern “Stonehenge”.
In the distance can see the this modern “Stonehenge”.

The art project consists of four elements: 1. History. 2. The stone figures. 3. The music. 4. The landscape.


PACTICAL INFORMATION:


Where can I park?

Drive to the parking lot at Kragenæs Harbor. From here you can walk to Glentehøjstien on Kragenæsvej 62 and follow the trail through the forest (approx. 15 min).


Is it disability-friendly?

Yes, there is handicap-friendly parking on Glentehøjstien


Artist:

The sculptor is Thomas Kadziola. The composer is Wayne Siegel.


Status

The Summer 2020 – 11 menhirs are raised in the circle – 6 of them carved with heads on the top.


Find on GoogleMaps:

Dodekalitten

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