Norway to build ‘the big elk’ of the north

Norway is livening up the main road north from Oslo with the world's largest elk sculpture, a ten-metre-high beast in shimmering steel which will serve as the country's answer to the UK's Angel of the North.

Norway to build 'the big elk' of the north
A concept image for Linda Bakke's public road sculpture "The big elk" - Linda Bakke
Norwegian artist Linda Bakke this week signed the final deal with the art fund of the local Hedmark Sparbank, while the Norwegian Public Roads Association has agreed to make land available on the Riksvei 3 road. 
"It is three years since the idea of 'the big elk' occurred," Bakke told NRK. "So I'm very pleased that it is now agreed."  
The elk, which will be 12-metres long, will gaze out over the road from a picnic spot in  Stor-Elvdal, roughly half-way to Trondheim, welcoming visitors on their way north. 
It will be made out of polished steel, and is expected to be in place in the second half of the year. 
The sculpture is clearly inspired by the success of The Angel of the North, a towering winged figure by British artist Antony Gormley, which was erected in 1994 on the UK's A1 road near the city of Gateshead, and has become a symbol of the region.  

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Vandals damage iconic Norwegian sculpture

Norway's famous Sinnataggen or Angry Boy sculpture has been removed for repairs after vandals attempted to saw off its left foot.

Vandals damage iconic Norwegian sculpture
Photo by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

The bronze sculpture, a national treasure and arguably the most famous work by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, was damaged during the early hours of Tuesday.

It will be returned to Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park once repairs have taken place.

Oslo Municipality, which owns the park and the sculptures, has said it is currently investigating the incident. It is not the first time someone has vandalised the work and in 2005 surveillance cameras were set up around Sinnataggen.

“This is damage to a protected cultural monument and the matter will be reported to the police,” Oslo Municipality said in a statement.

The city said it wants people to be able to enjoy the art up close and hopes they do not have to set up barriers.


“We hope to resolve the matter quickly and that the sculpture returns… as soon as possible,” the municipality statement said.

Sinnataggen has been displayed in the park since 1940, where it has been subjected to vandalism on a number of occasions.

On New Year’s Eve 1991, it was stolen before being recovered and in 2012 somebody painted the depiction of a stamping baby completely red.

There are 58 bronze sculptures, modelled by Vigeland between 1925 and 1933, on display in the Frogner park.

In 2017, an original miniature of the worlds most beloved angry toddler sold for 1.6 million Kroner. The miniature version was cast in 1911 and is one of ten different versions of the angry boy. Unlike the larger, more renowned version, the miniature has hair on its head.