Five outdoor art works you should see in Oslo this summer

Five outdoor art works you should see in Oslo this summer


Sure, Oslo has a wide variety of bronze sculptures that portray historic heroes and the struggles of humankind. But why not try something a bit more colourful to go with the warm weather?

Here are five fun outdoor art works you should check out in Oslo this summer. Some of them are only on display for a few months, so hurry before they become art history!

1. Plastozilla

Location: Europarådets plass
Artist:
Pippip Ferner

Plastozilla came stomping into Oslo in early June, and has claimed Europarådet square, right by the Central Station, as her territory. Godzilla’s lesser-known cousin is made entirely from waste found in the forest and the fjord, and is here to roar an important message: Keep nature clean! Plastozilla is only in town for the summer.

 

Plastozilla by Pippip-Ferner
Plastozilla by Pippip-Ferner
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

2. Big flying teddy bears with tattoos

Location: Øvre and Nedre Slottsgate
Artists: Broslo

If you make your way to Oslo’s new fashion district and look up past the Prada and Gucci signs, you’ll see a sleuth of inflatable, tattooed teddy bears floating in the air. The installation is entitled Hug Life, and is, according to its creators in the artists collective Broslo, inspired by the late rapper Tupac Shakur’s life as a sensitive poet and a thug. The bears will deflate in mid-September.

Hug Life
Hug Life
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

3. Red Santa with "Christmas tree"

Location: Konows gate / Kongsveien / Oslogate
Artist: Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy has come to Oslo! The controversial artist recently unveiled his sculpture Santa, a six-meter tall, bright red cast iron rendition of the familiar holiday icon holding a … uhm, “Christmas tree”. Solidly erected in the middle of a roundabout, he is not going anywhere soon.

Paul McCarthhy: Santa
Paul McCarthhy: Santa
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

4. Musical parking meter - Shall we dance?

Location: Right by Akershus Fortress
Artist: Marisa Ferreira 

Oslo’s city government is working hard to rid the city centre of as many cars as possible, and empty streets and parking lots have inspired a new artistic genre: post-traffic art installations. Such as this parking meter near Akershus Fortress, equipped with a Wi-Fi speaker that lets you play your own music and dance along. Shall we dance will be available throughout 2019. 

Marisa Ferreira: Shall we dance?
Marisa Ferreira: Shall we dance?
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

5. The princess' rainbow

Location: The Palace Park
Artists: Emilie Forsmo Bratberg and Kaisa Øksdahl

HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra has founded a children’s sculpture park in her grandparents’ garden, the Palace Park, with art works designed by sixth graders from all across Norway. The sculpture Roggbif, named after the Norwegian acronym for all the colours of the rainbow, is one of our favourites.

HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra's sculpture park
HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra's sculpture park
Photo: Visitosloregion/Didrick Stenersen

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