Torget, Sandnessjøen
In 1989 Alstahaug celebrated the 300th year anniversary of Petter Dass. This was the beginning of an extensive town centre renovation in Sandnessjøen - the town located below the mountain range the Seven Sisters. At this time the town square and park were renovated and the town acquired a sculpture of Petter Dass, a pedestrian street and a new music pavilion, designed by Maurits Sundt-Hansen. Eventually cobble stoned pavements were introduced on the neighbouring streets.

The town square is bordered by a park, centrally at the intersection of the street Havnegata and the environmental street Thorolv Kveldulvsongt. Environmental streets are designed to create a pleasant environment and reduce traffic. Facing towards the south, it forms one of the backdrops of the harbour axis. A steep rock face forms the natural backdrop of the pavilion, which invites visitors with its open form, wide podium, stairs and teetering roof form. There is a lovely interplay created by Skule Waksvik's dynamic bronze sculpture of the vicar/poet which appears welcoming with its outstretched arms. To the northeast of the pavilion there is a small sculpture arrangement, comprised of modified natural stones, placed at the disposal for children at play and adults.

Year of construction

The town square was constructed during the period 1989-2000 and the pavilion was consecrated on the 17th of May in 1990.


Maurits Sundt-Hansen, Asplan Viak Trondhem AS


Alstahaug Municipality

Building Type

Town square
music pavilion

Construction System / Materials

Steel structure


town square
steel construction
music pavilion
bronze sculpture
teetering roof form
paving stone
natural stone


Helgelands blad 23.05.1989, 26.04.1990, 19.05.1990.

Sundvall, Helen N.: Musikkpaviljongene - ikke bare for musikk, Tromsø 2005.



Petter Dass-plassen i Sandnessjøen
Petter Dass-plassen i Sandnessjøen
Petter Dass-plassen i Sandnessjøen
Petter Dass-plassen i Sandnessjøen
Petter Dass-plassen i Sandnessjøen