Minute Micro-nations

15 Jul

Nimis is a micro-nation based around a nine-story high illegally built tower – how brilliant is that?

Found in Sweden on a rocky beach reachable only via boat or a strenuous 30- to 45-minute hike. You will know when you have reached the nation of Ladonia, because it is marked by two monumental creative works: Nimis and Arx.

Created by artist Lars Vilks, Nimis is a maze-like wooden artwork made of 70 tons of driftwood and nails and culminating in a teetering, nine-story wooden tower. Arx is a stone and concrete sculpture resembling a melting sand castle. Nimis, the first of the two sculptures was begun in 1980 and went unnoticed by authorities for 2 years until 1982, when they declared it would have to be destroyed. As a means of outmaneuvering the Swedish authorities, even while Nimis was scheduled for destruction, Lars sold it to the artist Cristo, declaring the area an independent nation.

Read more at Atlas Obscura

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