Norwegian Seabird Centre - Grand opening


The exhibition was designed by Gagarin ltd. and Batteriid Architects after winning a 1 prize in a competition for the project.

Nature doesn´t care - do you?

Nature has succumbed to an ecological fragility, sensitive to the slightest changes. The roots of these changes as well as the consequences of them are highly visible in the Northern hemisphere.  Our modern globalized world is now more fragile as a result of our life style. Do we seek to change it? Do we treasure the conservation of nature? Can we do what it takes to conserve it and rescue the habitat for the species living here and in the same time be able to retain a sustainable lifestyle for the people living in these areas?

On the 15th of June a new exhibition addressing these matters was opened in Værlandet‘s old boat Yard in Gestehamn. The Norsk Sjøfuglsenter exhibition shows that the fate of man is tied together with the fate of the seabirds along the coast of Norway.  The fact that our birds, our old way of life and our climate are threatened, are intertwined and they all result form that globalized way of life.


Spread your arms out for balance, as you unknowingly mimic a bird with its wings out, information on a bird, corresponding to the size of your silhouette will be shown on the wall in front of you.

What is important here is that what is looming is not a threat of immediate cataclysmic incident but that of attitude. The attitude towards conserving the current ecological habitat is what will ultimately reign over its fate, the attitude towards wildlife, the attitude towards change and the attitude towards conserving.

Nature doesn't care about conservation. Human history is merely a blip in geological time. And what happens during that time is of no relevance to Nature itself.

Nature doesn’t care if climate changes or food becomes scarce.

Nature doesn’t care if a glacier is seen in the summer or if a sea bird, feeding on sand eel, lives.

Nature will just regulate itself if new conditions appear and regulate away any species unable to adapt to any new condition or scarcity.


The logo is one continuous line that forms various abstract elements. Designed by Örn Smári Gíslason in cooperation with Gagarin.

When designing the exhibition the goal was to, by provocative and evocative installations, motivate people to action rather than overload them with information or preach to them with morals. The focus was on interactivity rather than on a passive intake of information.
There are fourteen stations where visitors can through intuitive interaction experience thought experiments on what has happened, is happening and might happen in the future based on our current knowledge. It is a meaningful experience where guests are involved to be co-creators through multiple interactions. 

The exhibition was designed by Gagarin and Batteriid Architects  after winning a 1 prize in a competition for the project. 

Supervision on behalf of Norsk Sjøfuglsenter:
Per Arne Tveit
Ranveig Indrekvam

Production of interactive media:
Gagarín Ltd

Supervision of construction:
Olav Håkonsen

Gagarín Ltd.
Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Scientific consultation:
Alv Ottar Folkestad
Ari Trausti Guðmundsson
Haakon Fossen
Øystein Jansen

The exhibition will be open from 10:30 to 18:00 every day of the week throughout the season.
Telephone: +47 957 78 071

More images of the exhibition

Created 21 June 2012