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Let there be light! Mirrors brighten up sun-starved Norway village


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Let there be light! Mirrors brighten up sun-starved Norway village

Sunlight is something many of us take for granted.

But giant mirrors are needed to ensure it hits one sun-starved village in southern Norway where winters have been dark and dreary for far too long.

The locals in Rjukan are celebrating their installation although the concept and the cost took some time to be accepted.

“When I launched the idea there was a lot of scepticism,” said the mirror’s mastermind, artist Martin Andersen. “I think young people locally liked the idea but the older ones were more sceptical. But there was no great difference.”

High up on the mountains surrounding the valley, the computer-guided mirrors redirect rays towards the market square.

It is hoped the media interest will boost tourism in Rjukan where the idea of reflecting the suns rays was first mooted a century ago. As the saying goes – better late than never.

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