The Aukrust Center - Moon rocket

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The last addition to the Aukrust Center in Alvdal, the "Moon rocket", a landmark on a small hilltop, opened June 2014. The main part of the Center was opened in 1996.

Kjell Aukrust (1920–2002) was an author, a poet and an artist. What we remember most are the stories from his childhood in Alvdal, his drawings of fancy contraptions with accompanying stories, and his more or less human characters. And of course the animated film "Flåklypa Grand Prix" ("Pinchcliffe Grand Prix") created by Ivo Caprino (1975).
(2014-08-15)

The Aukrust Center - Playground

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The Aukrust Center is built for children of all ages, but the outdoor parts seem most suitable for the younger ones. The drawings and richly equipped mechanical gadgets are found inside the main building and also in the Moon rocket.
(2014-08-15)

The Aukrust Center - Entrance

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The entrance with statues of two central characters Solan Gundersen (an active and daring magpie) and Ludvig (a passive and easily scared hedgehog), and their "live" counterparts.
(2014-08-15)

The Aukrust Center - Solan and Ludvig

(2014-08-15)

Flåklypa

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This is the real Flåklypa (in September).

Kjell Aukrust created a fictive community called "Flåklypa", inhabited by some of his peculiar characters. (In English versions it was called "Pinchcliffe".) In the stories it is just a funny name, but there is a real place called Flåklypa – in Lom where Kjell's father was born. The correct translation of the name would be "the Flå pinch", where Flå is the name of a farm close by. From the center of Lom a valley called Bøverdalen runs southwards and upwards towards the mountains. In the old days some farmers harvested grass in this valley and transported the hay on horse sled back home during the winter. As there was no road, they travelled on the river ice, which went without problems – except in Flåklypa. What might "pinch" the load of hay should be evident from the picture.
(2014-09-14)

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