Ekebergparken Sculpture Park is a park of national heritage with the panoramic view on Ekeberg and one of the most attractive parks in Oslo which takes up the territory of 25,5 hectares. It opened on September 26th, 2013. The construction of this park was driven and financed by the director and the art collector Christian Ringnes. The park is owned by the city of Oslo, whereas the sculptures in the park are owned by the Christian Institute and C. Ludens Ringens Foundation. In the first year of the park’s existence, 31 sculptures were placed there. Most of them were the statues of women, and later on other kinds arrived in the park. The park connects its long history, beautiful nature, amazing view and impressive sculptures in a unique way.
If you happen to visit the park, we suggest you see the magical installation of lights which will provide you with a completely new perception of the surroundings. James Turrell, a worldwide famous American artist, created two magical installations of light in the old water tank of Ekeberg. The connection between natural light and the light created in the installation creates the illusion of light and sensory experiences.
Some of the names of the artists whose sculptures are placed in the park are: Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Dan Graham, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst and Roni Horn. Besides sculptures, some other traces of Oslo’s history could be seen here, such as the Stone Age ruins and the cemeteries dating back to 900-400 BC.
The park is open at all times during the whole year and the entrance is free of charge.
Tourist guides to the James Turrell’s installations of light are free of charge, and are available on Sundays, from 11am to 4pm.
For the whole year round, you can book private tours with tourist guides. If you wish to book a tour, you can do it on this site and see the prices as well: https://ekebergparken.com/en/pakke/8 .
Ekerbergparken is ranked among the top five sculpture parks in the world.
The museum which represents the history and the nature of Ekeberg is located in a villa which dates back to 1891.
The entrance fee for adults is €3, whereas for minors and children the fee is €1,50.
A restaurant with a magnificent view of the city located within the park is an ‘’a la carte’’ restaurant. The working hours of the restaurant are Monday-Saturday, 12pm-10pm; and on Sundays, from 12pm-9pm.
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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