Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway unveiled Thursday two new sculptures in Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park in the Palace Park by the Royal Palace in Oslo. The Princess was accompanied by her mother, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and her grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Sonja.
The sculptures that Princess Ingrid Alexandra unveiled on Thursday were the winners of a contest among schoolchildren from Trøndelag, as well as Oppland and Hedmark. There were about 500 contributions from 60 schools during the competition that led to the two new statues.
Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess gave a short speech before Princess Ingrid Alexandra unveiled the two statues. The Crown Princess said: “In May 2016, His Majesty opened the Royal Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park. For many years we had wanted a park with sculptures especially for children here in the Palace Park – and finally, the dream became a reality.”
After the speech by the Crown Princess, Princess Ingrid Alexandra unveiled the first statue, cast in bronze, which is called “Faceless Man.” The sculpture was designed by Evald Møller Johansen, who is a 5th grade student at Lilleby School in Trondheim. The next statue to be unveiled was “Roggbif,” designed by Emilie Forsmo Bratberg and Kaisa Øksdahl and made of powder-coated aluminum. The two are students in the 6th grade at Slåstad School in Sør-Odal in Hedmark.
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.”