At long last, after two years of work, the official opening of the ‘Imprints’ sculpture park in Fornebuporten took place yesterday at noon, and was officiated by HM Queen Sonja of Norway. “I must admit that this is a pretty big day for me,” Magne said during the ceremony.

The sculpture park is the largest of its kind in Scandinavia, consisting of 58 ceramic sculptures in various sizes, and is Magne’s biggest commission to date. All the ceramic work was done at the renowned Tommerup Keramiske Værksted in Denmark.

“The goal has been to create a park that can be experienced in different ways at different times, with water in summer and damp in winter as an atmospheric element, in addition to lighting,” Magne told Aftenposten. “The park will bear the stamp of things that I’ve written over the years, texts that have a poetic element. Some of them belong to songs I’ve written, but mostly freestanding English poetry.” The works in the park will be documented in a book which will be published in the coming months.

The opening ceremony program:

  • Welcome by Øyvind Eriksen, CEO AKER ASA
  • Introduction by art historian Cecilie Malm Brundtland
  • Artist Magne Furuholmen says a few words about the project
  • Official opening and ribbon cutting by Her Majesty Queen Sonja
  • Musical performance by trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen

There is a slideshow of photos and more details (in Norwegian) in this Aftenposten article. Watch NRK coverage from the opening here.

Read more about the project: a-ha.com || Fornebuporten

Photos

Press

Kongehuset – Skulpturpark på Fornebu
Aftenposten – Her åpner den største samlingen skulpturarbeider av en norsk enkeltkunstner siden Gustav Vigeland (with slideshow)
Aftenposten – Bli med inn i Furuholmens skulpturpark
Byggeindustrien – Furuholmen med skulpturpark på Fornebu
Budstikka – Skulpturparken på Fornebu offisielt åpnet (see photo gallery here)

Social Media

Keep an eye on these Instagram accounts for updates: Magne || Fornebuporten

more ceramics

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one more – forgive the excitement

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3 tons of clay hanging mid air!

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