Sparkling and colorful art installation opened in Oslo

Oslo.Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

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Oslo’s latest art installation lights up. A tree that is 14 meters high, 12 meters wide and has 125,000 lights in colorful light sequences, was presented to the city on Sunday.

– “I hope it will be a gathering point for the enjoyment of many,” says businessman Stein Erik Hagen. He is responsible for the costs of operating and maintaining the art installation, which has been named the Oslo Tree.

Sunday night was the opening ceremony for the tree. Initially, it will be in Filipstad for five years, by agreement with the Port of Oslo and the City of Oslo. The tree will light up the new Trettenparken, which opens in the spring.

– “The tree represents Oslo’s core values: the love of the forest, nature and the environment. I am very pleased that it will stand in Trettenparken and light up an area where many will be traveling,” says Hagen.

The tree was purchased by Hagen in 2017 as a gift to Oslo’s people. City Councilor Raymond Johansen (Ap) thanks on behalf of Oslo’s people.

He believes the art installation helps to identity a new part of the city. Fillipstad is under development as a new district in the capital.

– “The art in Oslo binds us together, and we are fortunate to have great art in our common public spaces. I’m glad Stein Erik Hagen came to us with this idea. Now he shares an art experience with everyone in town. I’m sure it will be an attraction,” says Johansen.

The Oslo tree is a commissioned work from American Symmertry Labs, but it is adapted to Norwegian conditions to withstand frost and snow. According to VG, the price tag is NOK 25 million. The tree is equipped with 125,000 LED lights that create a colorful, computer-controlled light game.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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