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Brainstorm - the big neon installation at Deichman Bjørvika by artist Lars Ø Ramberg
Brainstorm - the big neon installation at Deichman Bjørvika by artist Lars Ø Ramberg

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​Art in Deichman Bjørvika: Lars Ø Ramberg

Deichman Bjørvika opens finally on 18 June 2020. Designed by Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem, Oslo’s new main public library enjoys a stunning location, right by the opera on the waterfront. Here you will find a new artworks by Lars Ø Ramberg indoor. 

Brainstorm (neon installation, Lars Ø Ramberg, Norway) 

Vernissage on 17 june at 10 pm.

Brainstorm is a site-specific installation inside Deichman Bjørvika, Oslo’s new main public library. It consists of 400 meters of hand-crafted neon tubes in white and yellow glass that seem to coincide at random and are interconnected - a seemingly beautiful chaos that changes shape as one moves around the building. The artwork, which hangs centrally in the library, between the ceiling and the floor, visualizes connections between people, between thoughts, between places and between cultures. Light and information. Cables and neurons. Communication. Information. Themes reflecting what the library of the future is about.

Lars Ø. Ramberg (born 1964 in Oslo) is one of Norway’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, best known for large-scale public installations such as Liberté (three public toilets painted blue, white and red) in Oslo and Palast des Zweifels (the Palace of Doubt) in Berlin. His work has been shown around the world, including at the Venezia and São Paulo biennales. Ramberg is represented in many public collections and museums.More about Lars Ramberg here:

Did you know?

  • Neon production is a demanding craft. It takes seven years to learn.
  • 1.8km of cables in Ramberg's ‘Brainstorm’ disappear into the library roof and meet in the floor above in a separate room where they receive power from 75 high voltage transformers. These convert 220 volts AC to high voltage DC of 8000 volts. The voltage produces a stream of electrons that affect the atoms of the neon gas and release energy so that it starts to glow
  • Brainstorm will  be part of the City of Oslo’s art collection.



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Jørn Johansen

Jørn Johansen

Press contact Director of Communications at Deichman Deichman Public Library, Oslo +47 900 97 250
Tone Kjensmo

Tone Kjensmo

Press contact Communication advisor, Culture Affairs +47 470 79 019

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