Viel Bjerkeset Andersen, Towards North / Mot nord, 2009
PROJECT | The project takes hold of the square’s shape and practicalities, with regard to the placement of general lighting, new bicycle stands, bus stop and the location of city bikes, to activate the space and to make a good place for the erection of temporary stages etc. The sculptures are an important part of the square’s permanent furnishings and organisation. People sit on them summer as well as winter and in the day and at night. The square “Arbeidersamfunnets plass” has become a clean and comprehensible square with good social control.
BIO | Viel Bjerkeset Andersen is a Norwegian visual artist and sculptor mainly working with site-specific art projects. Over the years, she has been involved in several public art projects, and due to innovation and her ability to produce surprising works, they are both interesting and relevant. She has been ground breaking in the field of art in infrastructure in Norway. Her art works can be close to both architecture, landscape architecture and landart, but she also works with sculptures, objects and installations in different media. Her art projects relate to the site’s history and situation, often influenced by the presence of the sun and the site’s specific light and acoustics, and always with a focus on the human scale, movement and perception connected to its environments. Viel Bjerkeset Andersen has her education from SHKS and SKA, now both part of Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She has also been an artist in residence at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, at a one-year French Government’sscolarship. She has been giving several talks in different fora for more than twenty-five years and is also working as a curator. Viel Bjerkeset Andersen lives and works in Oslo link/webpage
1. Towards North (Mot nord), 2009, photo © Viel Bjerkeset Andersen / BONO 2021
2. Viel Bjerkeset Andersen photo by Selma Gulden