Why are Norwegians making toast versions of Vigeland’s art?

A Norwegian social media campaign has challenged young artists to find new ways to draw and look at the work of the country’s famous sculptor Gustav Vigeland.

Why are Norwegians making toast versions of Vigeland’s art?
Photo: Kulturetaten/idafrosk/Instagram

Aimed at a younger audience who may not – yet – be interested in art, the challenge has been set to find new ways to look at Vigeland's art by using hashtags one would may not normally associate with the artist or Norwegian sculpture.

The user-generated content can be anything from street art, food art, digital art, oil paintings, watercolours, poetry, manga, mandalas, papercuts, GIF animations and even tattoos.

With contributions already in the hundreds after the first two weeks of the campaign, organizers hope to show that Vigeland's art is still very topical in 2019, and still inspires many around the world.

Entries have not just been received from Norway — amateurs and professional artists from the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, France, Poland, Portugal, Chile, Russia and the United States have all contributed.

A skeleton juggling babies and a Sinnataggen made from iconic Norwegian sandwich topping brunost (brown cheese) are among the most creative efforts seen so far, while a surrealist fountain and a Star Wars inspired monolith may be the weirdest.

The campaign is organised by Kulturetaten, the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Oslo, in partnership with the Vigeland Museum. It will last until the end of June and you can find contributions – and submit your own – by using the hashtag #InspiredbyVigeland, or on the Oslo culture council’s Instagram feed

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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