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Leonora Christina ankommer til Rønne

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 10, 2011

Jeg havde fornøjelsen af at bevidne Leonora Christinas første indsejling i Rønne havn her til morgen.
Tillykke Bornholm, måtte den nye færge bringe masser af glade turister til øen!

Leonora Christina ankommer til Rønne havn from Carl Frederik Waage Beck on Vimeo.

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Life on the farm

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on marts 26, 2011

Springtime on Bornholm

We have finally set up camp. Not only that, I have committed to start in a new position as the social marketing guy at destinationen. It’s the perfect crime – doing what I love and getting paid for it. What’s more, the product I’m selling is the island I love – Bornholm.

Bornholm has had a tough time ever since the primary industry, fishery, shut down during the 80s. Several other major work places are now gone, tilemaking closed,  agriculture has become machine run. The population peaked at fifty some thousand after WW2, but is now around 43000 and diving.

Tourism accounts for just shy of 9% of the local economy and unemployment fluctuates wildly between winter and summer when most of the temp jobs are available.

Tourism, and its derived effects, is now one of the main job creators. Boosting tourism and attracting visitors is therefore one of the best ways of making the local economy grow organically. I’m proud to be a part of this mission, and I draw huge motivation from it.

What else could be done to boost Bornholm?
Take a look at the swedish island of Gottland. The Swedes have a better understanding of what it takes to sustain the outer rims of their country. Massive subsidies of transportation, mainly ferries, placement of higher education institutions have made it more attractive for businesses to settle and for high school graduates to stay put.

Sure help from parliament would be instrumental, but as they say, change starts from within. I’m going to work on April 4th.

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Time to relax

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on december 15, 2010

It has been busy here at world domination HQ, but today was one of those days when I had the chance to spend a few hours in front of my Mac and just sit for a while, think, review previous works and develop an idea of things to come.

The past months have been consumed by those little adoring monsters who wake us up at 6 am and demand food (oatmeal) pronto. I can’t say that I am completely coherent at that time in the morning, but I do manage to mix some milk and oatmeal a stick it in the microwave oven.

But things are about to change… We’re moving to the island of Bornholm, which is located on the far side of Sweden but nonetheless still belongs to the kingdom of Denmark. Our new home is on the sourthern tip of the island, very close to what I believe are some of the most amazing beaches in the world (bar the Maldives etc..)

Probably one of the best beaches in Europe

The Sand in Dueodde is so fine it creates dunes as it flies around.

Another major change is the fact that the twins are due to start in nursery in january which will free up a lot of creative time for my wife and I. So be prepared for an increase in the frequency of updates here on the blog.

Extra time also means I’ll have more time in the studio which I am planning on building in one of the barns (yes barn! – as in: “we bought a big farm built around a square”) , and expanding to a gallery later this summer. It’s the perfect setup, since I’ll have all of my critical facilities at home and at the same time the ability to showcase the work of myself and others.

Very soon the tiny town of Snogebæk will have it’s own cultural powerhouse, so if you’re visiting the island don’t forget to swing by us and get your daily fix of art.

In the meantime it’s Time to relax…

"Time to Relax" watercolour on A3 sized Hahnemuller torchon paper.

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Bornholm and the Knights templar

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on januar 10, 2010

I am a Copenhagen guy, but my roots are grounded in the sand of Skagen and Bornholm. These two locations are about as far distanced from each other as is possible within the tiny country of Denmark.

Bornholm has always played a large role in my life, and I continue to spend many vacations there.
I have yet to visit with a proper camera though!

The topography is unique by Danish standards, and as an Island it has historically played a key part for whoever wanted to secure control of the Baltic sea.
The northern tip of Bornholm is home to “Hammershus” – the largest castle-ruin in Northern Europe. Hammershus dates back to the beginning of the 13th century.
Hammershus and the other medieval buildings on Bornholm are by some believed to have been constructed by the Knights Templar.

Alongside Hammershus, 15 medieval churches were built. 4 of these are round and were purportedly used as astronomical observatories which were part of a larger geodesic experiment to calculate the curvature of the earth!

Check out more charts and graphs at

Remember these churches were built 400 years before the renaisance, which suggests that our present idea of the history of science might not be correct.

Dare to be thrilled by the ideas of Erling Haagensen on his website.

Todays painting depicting Nylars Rundkirke, is the second of the 4 round churches of Bornholm.


From Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

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