Trygve luktvasslimo [2011]

Persbo Studio invites one artist a year to create a new work for the Sculpture Park. The goal is to create a permanent collection that offers diverse and dynamic artistic explorations of outdoor sculpture. The selected artists reflect a wide varaity of the currents in contemporary art in both in Sweden and internationally.

Trygve Luktvasslimo


Title: †33T

Medium: Diabase

Dimensions: 200 cm x 60 cm x 4 cm

Year: 2011


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The title †33T alludes to the numerological connection between the artist recently turning 33 and that being the same age that Jesus died. The engraving on the sculpture translated from Swedish to English reads, “Lead me to a rock that is higher than I." The quote comes from Psalm 61:2 of the New Testament. It also happens to be the favorite citation of Oprah Winfrey.


This piece was a component of a dense and ambitious project where Luktvasslimo set the occult within navel-gazing pop culture in relation to individual perceptions. †33T materializes the baseless argument and exposes us and the artist to the rhetoric of mainstream media and contemporary culture. The project takes on an authoritarian voice which speaks in tongues; echoes in the chapel; exhausts, motivates and questions the freedom of choice of the common man. Luktvasslimo re-evaluates trivial gestures and articulates them with monumental reverberations. †33T exists in the space between manipulation and proselytization.


Trygve Luktvasslimo is a Norwegian artist who lives and works in both Lisbon and Mosjøen, Norway. His work is inspired by the relationship between the metaphysics of the domestic sphere and religious processes along with traditional beliefs, associating social phenomena with the mythic qualities of pop culture and religion. For further information about the artist please visit his website:


This sculpture holds the honor of being the first work in the collection of the sculpture park.



This project was sponsored by