STAMFORD — Norwegian artist Christian Sunde has made a career out of putting his work on display. Now he wants to hide it.

Sunde, 50, from Flekkefjord, Norway, is a respected sculpture artist whose work can be seen in Stamford — if it can be found.

An avid traveler, Sunde has hidden small “Secret Head” sculptures throughout his various destinations — whether it be an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, high up in the Swiss Alps, or right here in Stamford. He carefully hid the heads, made from polyester, in the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens last month.

Sunde has been interested in art since he was a child, but it’s hard for him to explain what drives his passion.

“You don’t one day tell yourself ‘I'm going to be an artist,’” he said. “You start with something and one thing triggers another thing. After a while, you make your own ideas and they get more and more special for you as an artist.”

To keep track of where he hides the heads, which he paints to be camouflaged, he maintains a detailed diary. But that’s not for the public to see. It’s for his family, including his wife Camilla, daughter Mira, and half-sister Polly Morrow, to see someday.

Sunde has been in the area to visit Morrow, who lives in Stamford. Sunde’s father came to the U.S. in the early 1960s, before returning to Norway where he then met Sunde’s mother.

While in America, Morrow was born and put up for adoption. Sunde did not know he had a half-sister until the 1990s.

“It is a strange story but a very nice story,” Sunde said. “It is very special to me.”

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