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Dodekalitten – Denmark’s Stonehenge

Dodekalitten

In the middle of a field in Lolland facing Småland waters on the horizon lies an intriguing artistic installation called Dodekalitten. The name of the artwork is derived from Greek and means twelve stones.

As the name would suggest, the work consists of a circle of 12 figures carved from granite. Each stone is 7-9 meters high, with the top 2 meters carved as heads facing the center of a circle. Not all faces are yet carved, and the artwork is still a work in progress, supposedly to be finished by 2025. Interestingly, when you stand in the center of the ring, you can hear eerie, mystical electroacoustic music sounds, making it quite an unusual experience. 

The basic idea behind the artwork was created by composer Gunner Møller Pedersen and sculptor Thomas Kadziola. Gunnar Møller Pedersen invented the legend of the lolers, a fictional people who link the artwork to the people who immigrated to Lolland approx. 7500 years ago. He also published a book called “Dodekalitten: Drømmen om Lolerne”. In 2017, composer Wayne Siegel entered the art project and replaced Pedersen as a music composer.

Hike

The artwork is located on top of the Lolland Alps, a picturesque area with rolling hills and small valleys, especially beautiful when covered in flowers and wheat. Yeah, I know, what a name; but when your country is flat as hell, even small hills can be called the Alps 🙂 The area is quite scenic, making it a perfect spot for a walk. Follow a small path from Dodekalitten and look for Glentehøj, a burial chamber, and other burial mounds from the Bronze Age. 

Where to park

You can park at Kragenæs Harbor. From there, you can walk to Glentehøjstien on Kragenæsvej 62 and follow the path through the forest (approx. 15 min).

There is also a parking lot right next to Dodekalitten; however, it is privately owned and costs 50 kr (price in 2021). Next to it lies also handicap parking.

 

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