Emily Woodgate

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Grass Roots Square – Hidden public art

One of my favourite things about being an expat in a city is suddenly stumbling across something surprising and delightful, that you had no idea was even there.

Grass Roots Square is one of those places. It’s in the government quarter, a short distance from the office block targeted in the 2011 attacks. In short, the kind of place where you really only go if you actually have a reason to.

Grass Roots Square was created by Korean-American artist Do Ho Suh. Some pavers in the square have been removed and replaced by tiny bronze statues, 50 thousand of them in total, ranging in height from 8-10cm. They’re standing together, interacting, and some of them are sharing the weight of paving stones. The project was designed and approved before the terror attacks, but somehow that makes the little people standing together in solidarity seem all the more poignant.

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Teatergata 9, Oslo

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)