Shock in Hvide Sande
Shock Wave marks the beginning of a two month festival in Mid and West Jutland. At the opening a selection of stars will perform in the different stages; rappers will perform with classical musicians, and professionals will perform with amateurs.
The figures are made of bronze by Jens Galschiøt and they have been borrowed from him by the city of Ringkøbing.
In Ringkøbing you can also see Jens Galschiøt’s sculpture ’Survival of the fattest’ or ’Fat Lady’ in the harbor which Ringkøbing has bought.
The eight sculptures are part of the group Ending Homelessness (2010-2013) of 13 figures in 1:1 size. They have travelled all over Europe and have been exhibited in the European parliament.
On Christmas Eve 1811, one of the worst ship wrecks ever occurred south of Thorsminde. The two British warships St.George and Defence were wrecked and almost 1400 lives were lost.
At Strandingsmuseet St.George, the story about the two ships is told along with the stories about the thousands of ship wrecks that have been found in the North Sea.
Christian Jensen was born on 13th May 1822 in Brahetrolleborg in Fyn. After working as a lieutenant in the navy during the Three-Years-War in 1848 to 1851, he travelled to Liverpool to work as a ship builder.
Anne Marie died during child birth in 1733 after she had secretly murdered her newborn child. Anne Marie lies buried in the local cemetary.
Sand migration can be very destructive to vegetation, either because it becomes buried in sand or because the roots of the vegetation lose their grip. On the other hand, some vegetation keeps sand from migrating, if the plants get the time to put down their roots before a storm comes.
The small cemetaries in the villages didn't have the capacity nor the space to bury many people at the same time; but that wasn't the only reason why they buried the dead in 'dødemandsbjergene' (Dead Man Dunes).
You couldn't know for certain that the deceased were christians, and in case they were not they couldn't be buried in consecrated ground. The locals also knew that you had to bury the dead quickly because of health risks.
In the course of time, many different artists have been fascinated and inspired by the nature and life in Western Jutland and the motifs in many of the local works of art are clearly influenced by the weather. The ravage of the waves and the human powerlessness versus the riches of the sea and the human possibilities is just one of the recurring themes shown on big canvases or in large sculptures in this area.
Describing the early beginnings of an infant community has preoccupied many of the local artists, and so has the life that was lead in the harbours in the old days, as well as the fantastic wildlife in the vast stretches of land along the fjord and the sea. The old market town Ringkøbing has also been painted using many different styles and from all angles.
In the years around the early 20th century, the area by Nymindegab was regarded as more exotic than Italy and it was only accessible through a sanded track. Western Jutland was generally considered a distant and impassable area, which attracted a lot of artists. One of them was Laurits Tuxen, also known as one of the Skagen painters, who portrayed local people working.
Hvide Sande and the 30 km long strip of land called Holmsland Klit is flanked by the fjord on one side and the sea on the other side. The water and the white dunes and beaches reflect the light in many directions and create a particularly soft and bright atmosphere. Combined with the raw and wild forces of nature that the western winds and the roaring waves are, this is an almost magical thing to experience.
Explore the churches in Videbæk
The shops in the area can decide their own opening hours and in towns like Søndervig and Hvide Sande the shops are open until late in the evening; especially in the three weeks of the Danish high season (weeks 29, 30, and 31) where the shops are open until 9 p.m.