A Norwegian mountain town long cloaked in shadow finally sees the light.
A little more than a century ago, Sam Eyde, the town’s founder and a noted industrialist, promoted the idea of having a mountainside Solspe il, or sun mirror, reflecting rays into Rjukan. Due to a lack of technology, he never turned his idea into reality and instead settled for the construction of a gondola up the mountain and into the sunshine. His original plans lay dormant until 2005, when a local artist named Martin Andersen spearheaded its revival.
To celebrate the $5-million project’s official opening, the town’s 3,500 residents—along with a posse of curious onlookers and journalists—happily gathered in the town’s new sunny spot. Their future felt bright. And yes, they wore shades.