I start my presentation of Ålesund-paintings by presenting "Naftadjupet" from 2002.
Naftadjupet or the Naphtha-depth is a part of Brosundet where some of my friends meet every Wednesday for chatting and coffee.
The history behind the Naftadjupet name is: When the whole city burned down in 1904, the local dispensing chemist was very agitated because he had to get rid of his naphtha supply due to the fire hazard it presented. And so he did, in a shower of sparks from the fire around him, he emptied it all into the water. His pharmacy was nonetheless destroyed by the fire.