In 2013 Christian Ringnes, investor and art collector opened the sculpture park after almost a decade of planning. His one term for investing was that the park would have a feminine theme. Thirty pieces, varying from Renoir to Lynn Chadwick now collectively celebrate the female character.
Let's start the random winter stroll.
The air is crisp and cold, scattered with little snowflakes that are trying to decide whether to melt, or simply cling on to the massive whiteness surrounding you everywhere. The park is quite large and diverse in vegetation, and there are a number of different hikes and paths to follow. I personally feel the best thing is to just walk randomly.
As you enter the park area the whole of the city spreads out in front of you, offering just the right perspective on a grey and cold day. We Oslonians need a reminder during wintertime of just how close we are to the woods, the fjords and wildlife.
From this hillside angle you are able to really see the new city landscape evolving day by day, and doing so from in the midst of the woods offers some form of balance. Oslo is evolving and expanding rapidly, but so is our interest in preserving our greenery and restorative retreats.
Nature rules and art fits within.
Walking around I am pleasantly surprised by how non-invasive the art elements of the park are. There seems to be a natural rhythm to the pace of which you encounter the pieces. This gives you the opportunity to focus on the scenery, rather than feel as if you went to the museum. Ringnes himself stated to the New York Post: “Here, nature rules everything, and we fit the art into it.”
As we make our way back towards our starting point, we suddenly find ourselves of the path and in knee-deep snow. For a moment I felt as though I was lost in the wilderness, not sure how to navigate. That was until I heard the tram pass by and was reminded how close we were to civilisation (and that I had just encountered art from some of the most notable artists in the world).
Making it a habit.
The sun started descending, unveiling new shades and contours of Oslo. I left feeling energised and inspired.
And as a bonus I didn’t get the opportunity to see all of the sculptures and will have to visit again soon.
- Josefine -