During the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 you can wander into the world of Edvard Munch at Karl Johan Street in Oslo. Spectacular sculptures of snow and ice shaped from Edvard Munch's well-known motifs adorn the area from the Palace Hill (Slottsbakken) to Spikersuppa.
Several of the world's best snow and ice artists will be showcasing eight sculptures in this impressive park. Ole Morten Rokvam, the project manager for "Munch in snow and ice", received more than 40 applications from Norwegian and international snow and ice artists. Artists from the USA, Italy, France, Canada and Norway were selected. The goal of the exhibit is to give the public a memorable experience of Edvard Munch through modern interpretations of his work. More than 500 tonnes of snow and 45 cubic meters of ice will be delivered to Spikersuppa to make the sculptures.
Pikene på broen (Girls on the Jetty)
Artist: Mark Szulgit, USA
The painting "Pikene på broen" (The Girls on the Jetty) is one of Munch's most well-known works. The sculpture based on this painting can be located on the Palace Hill, it is 15 metres long and 4.5 metres tall. The public can walk underneath the spectacularly lit bridge. "Pikene på broen" is sponsored by Statkraft.
Artist: Mark Szulgit, USA
Many consider "Skrik" (The Scream) the very symbol of Edvard Munch. The ice art based on "Skrik" is on Karl Johan Street and will consist of 25 different sculptures. The public can walk between the sculptures, all of which will be about two metres tall and show the scream in various thrilling versions. "Skrik" is sponsored by C.Ludens Ringnes Stiftelse.
Artist: Erik Mutel, France
In the "Golgata" (Golgotha) ice sculpture, the artist uses a special emulation technique to make photographic imprints inside the blocks of ice. The imprints are spectacularly lit from below. The sculpture has a diameter of about two metres and is 250 cm tall. "Golgata" is sponsored by Multiconsult.
Artist: Frode Holgersen, Norway
Frode Holgersen from Kristiansand is presenting the sculpture "Kyss" (Kiss) in snow. This sculpture is centrally located on Karl Johan Street. "Kyss" is six metres tall and has a diameter of about three metres. "Kyss" is sponsored by DnB Nor.
Artist: Jack Stensland ”Mr. Iceman”, Norway
The sculpture ”Madonna/Warhol” is based on Andy Warhol's version of Munch's "Madonna". It showcase's both Munch's Madonnna, and Warhol's interpretation of it. The sculpture is 5.5 metres long and three metres tall. It consists of pictures painted on two ice-walls.
Syk pike (The Sick Girl)
Artist: Laila Kolostyak, Norway
The sculpture "Syk pike" (The Sick Girl) is an interactive 3D sculpture that gives the public the opportunity to sit down on the bed next to the sick girl. The sculpture will be spectacularly lit, and is three to four metres tall and four metres long.
Piken og døden (Death and the Maiden)
Artist: Carl Schlichting, Canada
The sculpture ”Piken og døden” (Death and the Maiden) is three metres tall and consists of a combination of a skeleton made from ice and a woman made from snow, thus highlighting the play between life and death. The skeleton is cut from ice and will be filled with snow to achieve an exciting visual contrast.
Aften på Karl Johan (Evening on Karl Johan)
Artist: Luca Bonette, Italia
In "Aften på Karl Johan" (Evening on Karl Johan), Edvard Munch depicts the human condition at the end of the 19th Century, a time of rapid urbanisation. The ice sculpture is made from 12 blocks of snow that have been transformed into sculptures of humans. The public are able to walk among the sculptures. The sculptures are located in almost the same spot where Munch painted the scene they are based on.
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