Judy Fayard wrote recently an article in the Wall street Journal titled ‘Five of the World’s Best Sculpture Parks’. “Sculpture parks dedicated to modern and contemporary art are now found around the globe,” she wrote, and the Ekeberg Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway was on her bucket list.
High on a bluff overlooking the city center and its fiord, the Ekeberg area was marked by prehistoric rock carvings as early as the Iron Age. A large abbey farm in the Middle Ages, it eventually became a city park, and gained fame as the viewpoint for Edvard Munch’s 1893 painting “The Scream.”
Wall Street Journal calls Christian Ringnes’ selection of art in the park ‘an eclectic collection of some 30 works by artists including Rodin,Renoir, Dalí, Maillol, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst and Louise Bourgeois.
The other parks on Fayard’s list are Domaine du Muy in South France, Storm King Art Center in New York, Oliver Ranch in California and Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan.
The Ekeberg Park has also been listed in the magazine Bloomerg Business’ list of 20 things to do in Norway.
They wrote: “Visitors to the sculpture park at Ekeberg appreciate Louise Bourgeois’s The Couple from an alternative angle (feature image, on top). The 25-hectare park overlooking Oslo opened at the end of 2013, the brainchild of Norwegian art collector Christian Ringnes. Not only is it free—much appreciated in this expensive city—it’s also open 24 hours a day, so you can appreciate its works—including pieces by James Turrell, Tony Cragg, and Marina Abramovic, as well as 20th century masters such as Auguste Rodin—any time you please.”
One of the World’s Best Sculpture Parks, written by Admin
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All images Ekeberg Park, Oslo, except Walking Woman.
Walking Woman by Sean Henry, photo Tor Kjolberg