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The artist Martin Puryer working at his sculpture "​Creature from Iddefjord". Unvelling soon outside of Deichman Bjørvika. Foto:  Johansen Monumenthuggeri AS
The artist Martin Puryer working at his sculpture "​Creature from Iddefjord". Unvelling soon outside of Deichman Bjørvika. Foto: Johansen Monumenthuggeri AS

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Art in Deichman Bjørvika: Martin Puryer

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 outside by the american artist, Martin Puryear. Unveiling on 15 june at 10:30 am.


Creature from Iddefjord (large outdoor sculpture, Martin Puryear, USA)

American artist Martin Puryear is a Washing­ton-born contemporary artist best known for his large abstract organic sculptures inspired by traditional craft. His work has been repre­sented in several prestigious museums, inclu­ding MOMA and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. 

Puryear’s Creature from Iddefjord, which will stand near the water mirror on the forecourt outside the new public library, is a 7-meters high sculpture with an archaic form, a creatu­re one can both look at and walk through. The sculpture is made out of grey granite from the Iddefjord on the border between Norway and Sweden. This is the same stone that was used by Gustav Vigeland for his Monolith in the Vige­land Park. 

The sculpture is a gift from the DNB Savings Bank Foundation to The City of Oslo, Norway.



Did you know?

  • The sculpture is a gift from the DNB Savings Bank Foundation to The City of Oslo, Norway.
  • Martin Puryear's largest temporary public sculpture to date, first exhibited in New York's Madison Square Park, was called Big Bling, and Creature was inspired by it.
  • Creature from Iddefjord’ will be part of the City of Oslo’s art collection.

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The Agency for Cultural Affairs (Kulturetaten) ensures quality, diversity and development in cultural offerings in Oslo. The Agency also recommends candidates for grants and scholarships for various projects aiming to promote art, culture and media in the city. The Agency is also responsible for the City of Oslo’s art programme, the City Archives, Oslo Culture School, the Pop Centre, the Vigeland Museum, the sculptures in the Vigeland Park, Oslo Culture Night, Oslo biennalen, summer camps, cultural properties, the Events Office (arrangementskontoret), and more.

Stein Slyngstad has been director since 2018.

Deichman is the agency for the public libraries in the city of Oslo. Founded in 1785, it consists of 22 branches all over Oslo and is Norway's largest and oldest public library. A Deichman library is a haven for you, no matter who you are; where you can read, work, relax, meet friends, or just be alone. You can borrow from our collection of over a million books, movies, CDs and other material. There is free wireless internet, and free access to computers and workshop tools. All you pay for is the paper and materials used when you print or copy. Our libraries are meeting places where you can experience or arrange everything from concerts and cartoon festivals to language courses and political debates. Deichman wants to contribute to a society where everyone has a sense of belonging, ownership and commitment – towards both the community and their own lives. No matter why you come here, you will leave with something.

Munchmuseet is one of Norway’s leading cultural institutions, which is dedicated to the life and works of Edvard Munch, Norway’s most important modern artist. The museum houses the largest collection of artworks by Munch in the world and was originally founded in Oslo in 1963 on what would have been Munch’s 100th birthday. The museum’s collection consists of well over half of the artist’s entire body of work, which Munch bequeathed to the city of Oslo, with over 28,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Munchmuseet also manages collections donated by Rolf Stenersen, Amaldus Nielsen and Ludvig Ravensberg. In 2014, Munchmuseet commenced work on a new museum building in Bjørvika on Oslo’s waterfront. The brand-new building, designed by Estudio Herreros, will trace the artist’s profound influence both on modern art and on artists through to the present day. The tailor-made structure will allow for a more extensive presentation of iconic works from the renowned permanent Munch collection, alongside temporary exhibitions featuring leading contemporary artists.

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