On Tuesday of this week, the Norwegian Royal Court announced the four new sculptures that will be exhibited in the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park. The sculptures will be unveiled at the Palace Park in June 2018.
The four chosen sculptures are designed by schoolchildren in the 5th and 6th grades throughout the country. They are picked out by a jury with artistic skills and further developed in collaboration with various professional artists, practitioners and craftsmen. The designers participate in the production process. The last time new sculptures were unveiled in the park was in late October.
This part of the sculpture competition was launched this autumn in Oslo, Akershus, Østfold, Vestfold, Buskerud and Telemark. The students’ task was to draw or model a proposal for a sculpture – alone or in combination. The proposal was to contain a brief written description of the sculpture, and tell what material the sculpture should be made of.
This time there have been many interesting suggestions for sculptures from more than 1,000 students. The four winners are:
- “Instrument”. Designed by Norah Hansen, who is in grade 5 at Kringler-Slattum School, Åsgrenda in Nannestad municipality, Akershus.
- “My Courage”. Designed by Christian in 5th grade at Moss International School, Østfold.
- “The Hand of the Earth”. Designed by Helene Brudevoll in 6th grade from Botne School, Gullhaug in Holmestrand municipality, Vestfold.
- “The Great Worm”. Designed by Nicklas, Oliver, Julian and Kristoffer in 5th grade at Eikeli School, Hosle in Bærum Municipality, Akershus.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park is part of the Palace Park and is a gift from the bank DNB on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the King’s reign in 2016. The project will take place over several years, and it will eventually include a total of ten sculptures. The first two sculptures, designed by children from northern Norway, were unveiled in May 2016.
During the opening of the park in 2016, His Majesty King Harald gave the opening speech. In his speech, His Majesty said: “This day we have looked forward to. For many years we have wanted a sculpture park, especially for children. And finally, it is ready, now with three sculptures. Two of them are brand new, the third has been on Akershus Fortress. Eventually, there will be more.”