Out flew the web, and floated wide…

When the Industrial Revolution rolled into Oslo, back before they got cable, textile mills were set up along the Akers River to harness the power of the water and that of the women who would work there.  The bronze Fabrikkjentene (The Factory Girls) by Ellen Jacobsen was set up on the Breier bridge to honor the ladies’ labors in 1986.  The city fathers of Oslo believe in the value of public art, or at least someone does, because you see it everywhere here, not just plonked down on granite pedestals where the bigwigs hang out.  On lonely street corners, in the courtyards of apartments and daycare centers, even dangling in trees overhanging the river…wherever people congregate in Oslo, public art is likely to be their companion.   They keep the sculptors and poets and painters busy here, which tells you something about their priorities.  (6 August, 2011  Oslo, Norway)