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Commemorative Witch Structures

Steilneset Memorial Honors Witch Trial Victims from 17th Century

— January 5, 2012 — World
In Vardo, Norway, rests the Steilneset Memorial, an astounding structure created by architects Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois to commemorate the victims of Norway's 17th century witch trials when suspected "witches" were burned at the stake.

Comprising two structures, the Steilneset Memorial is a haunting site that brings to life the spirits of those who perished during the trials. Zumthor conceived one of the structures, which features a suspended fabric cocoon in its interior and a long corridor lined with 91 windows. In front of each window is a lightbulb that represents each of the victims, along with a plaque that tells each individual's story.

Bourgeois's contribution to the Steilneset Memorial is an installation housed in the second structure. The installation is called 'The Damned, The Possessed and The Beloved,' and comprises a circle of mirrors surrounding a concrete cone, which houses a flaming steel chair.
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