This month The Wall Street Journal published an article about the five best sculpture parks in the world, and we got to know that one of them is in Oslo, Norway: Ekeberg Park.
It’s quite embarrassing to admit but we did not know this park existed! We live not too far away so we decided to take a ride and check it out.
Ekeberg is a city park overlooking the city center and its fjord, and it’s an area with lots of history. There are several graves from different eras; some may be as old as from the Bronze Age, but most probably date from the Late Iron Age and the Viking Age. You can spot these as they lay as stone heaps in the edge of the woods.
In 1889 the area was bought by the municipality and made into a people’s park.
27 years later the Ekeberg Restaurant was built. The restaurant with the municipal music pavilion became popular additions to the city. The one up there now opened in 1929, was closed down in 1997 and reopened in 2005. Ekebergrestauranten includes an a la carte restaurant, a bar/lounge, an outdoor serving area, conference and meeting facilities, banquet and wedding facilities, and a beautiful fine dining veranda upstairs.
A couple of years ago, on the 26th of September 2013, the park was officially opened as a sculpture park, funded by Norwegian collector and businessman Christian Ringnes. The collection of sculptures and installations on display in the park was put together by a committee of experts, with the feminine as an initial theme. But you may still experience everything from classic figurative art to contemporary art.
It’s an eclectic collection of 30+ works by artists including Rodin, Renoir, Dalí, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst and Louise Bourgeois.
While in Oslo, pull yourself away from the city noise and head up to Ekeberg Park for a hike in the woods where you can see the different sculptures the park has to offer.
The park is open 24 hours a day with free public access. Check http://ekebergparken.com/en/ for the opening hours for Museum of history and nature/Art and design shop.
It is easy to get here by public transportation; you can either take the bus #34 or 74 to Ekeberg Camping or the tram #18 or 19 to Ekebergparken, Sjømannsskolen or Oslo Hospital., from Oslo Central Station.
In the same area it’s also a camping site: Ekeberg Camping is open in summer (May 30th to September 1st), and the 70,000-square meter site has approximately 600 lodging sites for caravans, RVs and tents. Prices from 185 NOK.
In addition, there are also a Minigolf Park and a Visitors’ Farm.