Sømærket (The Sea Mark)
Sømærket (The Seamark) in Løkken belongs to a series of beacons. All are made of wood and made over a modular system of 3 legs and triangular shape. They are protected and adorn the coastline from Skagen to Blåvand. The seamarks are all different, and therefore you could tell out at sea where you were when you saw which seamark was on the coast.
The sea mark was originally erected in 1884 and moved/renovated to its current location in 1973, when it was very close to housing and the dune landscape had changed.
The sea mark is perhaps the landmark that is painted and reproduced most frequently and in countless forms, but always with the dark red color. The sea mark has been painted in 2022. You know it’s about Løkken when you see the Seamark.
Watch the video about Sømærket here
The painter Asger Oluf Jørgensen, who is known under the stage name Asger Jorn, was born on 3 March 1914 in Vejrum near Struer, and grew up in Silkeborg. He was trained as a teacher in Silkeborg and was a visual artist and writer. He went to Paris in 1936, where he was employed by the world-renowned architect Le Corbusier. He died in 1973, aged just 59. Jorn is buried on Gotland.
Asger Jorn was a co-founder of the international movement ‘Cobra’ and had his international breakthrough in 1958 at the World Exhibition in Brussels. Jorn was married to the midwife’s daughter from the foot of the Jomfrubakkerne in Løkken and vacationed in Løkken during the war years, where he was with his artist friends Chr. Valentinusen and Ejler Bille in No. Lyngby. It is from here that he created his work “King in the Underworld”. This is now exhibited at Kunsten in Aalborg. Valentinusen has also portrayed a young Asger Jorn in those years.
Jorn has also worked with sculptures and ceramics. His style was expressive. He most often used strong bright colors in surrealist expressive figures and meanings. He was a pioneer of recycling, as he had already painted his own creations early on, e.g. a yellow duck on top of a golden age painting.
Art in the area around Sømærket
A ceramic fish by Nina Friis and 5 beautifully carved fish in oak by Henrik S. Christensen, show the way up to the Seamark. The signs with knots show the 5 most common fish at Løkken. Just after the beach pavilion, an old rust-coloured chimney has been beautifully decorated in the shape of a fisherman. It is painted by Storm and Øjvind.
Lise Vestergaard has no less than 6 motifs here by the path and under the Seamark. At Romedahlsvej are the UN’s world goals no. 10 and no. 12 with the titles “Local Crops” and “Sharing is Caring”. The route leads out onto Vittrupvej past ceramics by Lone Ejstrup, Hanne Rubæk and Jonna Liv. Here, World Goal No. 5 lights up in yellow with the title “Enlightment” just opposite a yellow fish by Trine Reinfjell, which leads down towards the tourist office and to the tunnel by the dog forest. Here you can see the sculpture “On the road” by Jacob Krogh.
In both tunnels on the route there are murals by Lise Vestergaard. It is World Goal No. 16 “Calling peace” and World Goal No. 17 “Peace, Love and Friendship”. A mermaid in fiber cement by Bent Nielsen adorns the corner up to the cycle path, and well down at the end of the route, in the tunnel by the school, is the last world goal. It is World Goal No. 9 on infrastructure with the title “Connecting people”. It is also worth noticing the many different fish and the other beautiful works on this part of the route, which is also the longest stage.
Sømærket in the location it had until 1976. The sea mark was originally located a little further towards the city.
Old photo Sømærket, seen from the city center.
Painting of Sømærket, painted by artist and writer Knut Dokker (1907-1988). He was one of the many other artists who also found inspiration in Løkken.
Portrait of Asger Jorn, painted by his lifelong friend Chr. Valentinusen. (The painting is privately owned).
A fisherman adorns this old chimney. The artwork is made by Storm and Øjvind.
Along the route, there are lots of fun activities for children. Learn e.g. making knots on these finely carved oak fish by Henrik Christensen.